Living in Philly for the last five years has been a magical experience. Yeah Philly might be loud, and filled with intense sports fans, and home to a sandwich (ahem, hoagie) that's filled with more calories than two meals put together, but (in spite of all of these charming qualities) Philadelphia is still a magical city worthy of Isaiah Zagar's masterpiece. A masterpiece, that despite living in Philadelphia for five years, I'm only recently getting around to.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a nonprofit visionary art environment and community arts center located in Isaiah Zagar’s largest public artwork. Taking up half a block on 10th and South Street, the museum is an immersive outdoor art installation which also includes indoor galleries. Zagar created this masterpiece using materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The site is enveloped in anecdotes, self portraits, still lives, references to other artists, religious iconography, and personal narratives that refer to Zagar’s life, history, community, and view on the world.
I've visited galleries and museums from Budapest to Paris, and Paris to Puerto Rico, and Philadelphia's Magic is without a doubt the most beautiful and immersive work of art I've ever experienced. An art experience for both seasoned art history buffs and those who are not so keen on art, the PMG will leave you breathless.
Tickets are only $7 dollars for adults. To learn more about the space and Isaiah Zagar, visit there website HERE.