I went to Philadelphia this weekend and visited Magic Gardens. It was the first time I’ve seen a building covered in mosaic out of broken mirrors, ceramics, bicycle spokes and among other things – it was pretty amazing. I couldn’t imagine covering my room in broken bottles or ceramic shards – it would take me months before I could finish one wall but Isaiah Zagar covered an entire building! He began tiling South Street in the 1960’s and made it into a “labyrinth mosaic museum.” Below are some of the photos I’ve taken inside and outside the Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens:
The museum is not free, you have to pay $3 to get in. Magic Gardens is nonprofit organization formed by artists and community members to promote and preserve the legacy of Isaiah Zagar.