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November 10, 2009 10:27 PM   Subscribe

A LOVE LETTER FOR YOU is a series of 29 murals visible along the westbound El in Philadelphia.

A project of the (sometimes cheesy) Mural Arts Program.
posted by deafmute (21 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
posted by mhjb at 10:47 PM on November 10, 2009

I keep expecting one that says BURMA SHAVE.
posted by twoleftfeet at 10:58 PM on November 10, 2009 [1 favorite]

For some reason I put westbound when the murals in fact face both directions. Oops.
posted by deafmute at 11:19 PM on November 10, 2009

These are awesome.
posted by shelleycat at 11:45 PM on November 10, 2009

No wonder they call it the City of (Brotherly) Love. These are great. Also, what W.C. Fields said.
posted by bearwife at 12:02 AM on November 11, 2009

Ah, finally I can see all of these. I get off the El at 46th Street, right before these things start to pop up. I can't mentally justify taking an El ride out to 69th Street just to look at murals, though these are sharp, and pretty neat retro-looking murals.

I might be *more* inclined to take a pleasure ride on the El were it not just after a stupid transit strike.
posted by SansPoint at 12:32 AM on November 11, 2009

That's such a great project! Wish I could see something like this on my daily commute.
posted by latch24 at 3:15 AM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

That's great. And if you like that kind of thing then you really should check out the film Beautiful losers about a bunch of artists including Margret Killgallen, Chris Johanson and Jo Jackson who all do this kind of work as well. It's a really great film.

(and if you hunt for it in the UK don't be put off by the fact they're marketing it as a skate movie, it has about 30 seconds of skating in it but the distributors are morons who think it's the only way it will sell)
posted by ciderwoman at 4:36 AM on November 11, 2009 [2 favorites]

I love murals (and mural-scale graffiti, too), and these were great. More cities should have large-scale projects like this -- it connects parts of the cityscape together, and creates art out of what would otherwise just be background architecture.
posted by Forktine at 5:50 AM on November 11, 2009

Huh. I'd noticed that first one while driving around and it kind of stuck with me. I hadn't realized they were a series (despite it saying so right on the piece) because I never take the el.

They're great. Score one for Philly.
posted by 256 at 6:01 AM on November 11, 2009

I lived for five years in Philly. While I always thought that the mural program was great, few of the installations really grabbed me--until now.

This is a truly wonderful project. These days, can't we all use a little more love?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:14 AM on November 11, 2009

posted by ColdChef at 6:23 AM on November 11, 2009

SansPoint -
you should take the El out to 69th St if only to go to H Mart, Korean supermarket of my dreams. Good produce, good prepared food, good prices.

So go see the murals.

Also, the El, when they aren't doing construction and making you take the bus at random junctures, is my favorite form of SEPTA transportation. Although, when they ARE making you take shuttle buses, it is generally free at the transition from El to bus.
posted by sciencegeek at 6:28 AM on November 11, 2009

knocked on your door,
legs tired, back sore
for sure
no more I swore

you smile,
I'm cured

This is lovely! Thanks for the link.
posted by localhuman at 6:41 AM on November 11, 2009

How much better are they if they're in order?
posted by onhazier at 7:37 AM on November 11, 2009

This one is such a sweet sentiment it damn near brought a tear to my eye.
posted by FatherDagon at 7:48 AM on November 11, 2009

Dear Philly-

Sorry for giving you hell all these years. You sure do have soul.

-♥, NYC
posted by evidenceofabsence at 7:49 AM on November 11, 2009

This makes me *almost* nostalgic for the daily slog between 69th St Station and 34th St. Almost.
posted by medeine at 8:34 AM on November 11, 2009

Any Philly natives, or interested hangers-on can tour these murals with a Love Letter Mural Tour put on by the Mural Arts Program (on the El, as they were made to be seen!), this Saturday, and next Saturday.

Hey, gotta pimp the Mural Arts Program, yo.
posted by SPUTNIK at 8:40 AM on November 11, 2009

Really nice!

It reminds me a of You Are Beautiful:
--my fave
--I like how this one kept changing (click on image to continue)
posted by hydrophonic at 8:57 AM on November 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

Is there anything more uplifting than random statements of love?
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:20 AM on November 11, 2009

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