Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Press Kit

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Select PMG Press Releases

10/23/23 – “Under $100, Under $1,000”
8/14/23 – “Wildest Dreams: Works by Zeinab Diomande”
6/21/23 – “In Unison: Ceramic Sculptures by George Rodriguez”
6/13/23 – Relax at July’s Garden Party!
4/19/23 – “Laying the Foundation: The Zagars’ Lives in South Philadelphia”
2/3/23 – “All the Right Places: Works by Rosa Leff”

Media Coverage


4/29/24 – WHYY, “Jim’s Steaks reopens this week, embracing Isaiah Zagar’s former home”
3/27/24 – Philadelphia Inquirer, “Hidden Isaiah Zagar mural found during Jim’s Steaks renovation”
2/28/24 – Broad Street Review, “Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens presents Ritual of Self: Isaiah Zagar’s Self-Portraits on Paper
1/22/24 – Colossal, “Explore Maze-Like Passageways Exploding with Elaborate Mosaics at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens”


10/26/23 – Hyperallergic, “Iconic “Painted Bride” Mosaic Mural in Philly Faces Demolition”
10/19/23 – KYW News Radio, The Jawncast, “Mural City – When art clashes with development”
10/19/23 – Philadelphia Inquirer, “After years of efforts to save it, Isaiah Zagar’s ‘Skin of the Bride’ mural is being taken down for good
10/17/23 – WHYY, “Isaiah Zagar’s iconic Painted Bride mosaic in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood is coming down”
10/12/23 – The New York Times, “A Swirling Philadelphia Mosaic Will be Sacrificed for Housing”
9/23/23 – Philadelphia Inquirer, “There is very little time to salvage pieces of Isaiah Zagar’s Painted Bride mural”
9/19/23 – The Philadelphia Tribune, “Z the Rat paints worlds of leisure and stillness inspired by Black womanhood”
8/23/23 – Artblog, “Solemn stares, collaborative practice, in George Rodriguez’s ‘In Unison’ at the Magic Gardens”
8/15/23 – Philadelphia Inquirer, “Tour “the most eccentric, colorful wall mural on Planet Earth” before it is destroyed”
8/2/23 – Al Dia News: “In Unison, an exhibition like no other”
7/27/23 – Metro Philadelphia: “Ceramic artist George Rodriguez and Magic Gardens are a perfect match”
7/19/23- Billy Penn: “South Street’s Magic Gardens mosaics can dazzle the eye, but they’re also fascinating for people who are blind”
7/3/23 – WHYY’s “The Infinite Art Hunt”
5/30/23 – Spaces Archives: Stacey Holder: Garden Guide to Preservation Manager
4/27/23 – New York Times Travel: 36 Hours in Philadelphia
4/4/23 – Fox29 “The 215”
3/17/23 – Al Dia News: Rosa Leff and her ‘papel picado’ art
3/21/23 – Al Dia News: A conversation with artist Chloe Piñero


3/12/22 – NBC’s 1st Look: Philadelphia Beyond the Liberty Bell
4/12/22 – USA News & World Report: 36 Top Things To Do in Pennsylvania
4/30/22 – Philadelphia Inquirer: What does Philadelphia sound like? Here’s what four composers came up with.
8/14/22 – WHYY: From trash to treasure: Magic Gardens event encourages recycling through creativity
11/22/22 – Philly Mag: Philly Museum Gift Shops That Just May Have the Perfect Present


3/16/21 – WHYY: Philly arts institutions use COVID downtime to focus on accessibility and diversity
3/24/21 – Philly Voice: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens reopening in April with timed tickets
5/6/21 – WXPN: Back to the (Magic) Gardens: Tubey Frank & friends talk collaborating on the Mouth House Sessions
11/25/21 – Conde Nast: The 14 Best Museums in Philadelphia


1/20/20 – Conde Nast: 19 Best Things to Do in Philadelphia
3/9/20 – Dosage Magazine: The Magic of Muller
3/20/20 – Philly Voice: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Offers Coloring Pages, Virtual Tour
3/29/20 – WOGL: Marilyn Russell’s Remarkable Women: Interview with Emily Smith
7/10/20 – Philly Inquirer: Magic Gardens reopens with New Rules 


2/14/19 – WHYY Movers & Makers Episode
3/18/19 – NBC10: Happy 80th Birthday Isaiah
3/18/19 – Curbed Philly: Zagar Murals
4/4/19 – Travel + Leisure
4/19/19 – The Magician’s Code: How Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is Preserved
4/24/19 – Smarter Travel: Hidden Philadelphia
6/10/19 – PHL 17 Weekend Philler
6/21/19 – Venue Bear Interview with Allison Boyle
7/24/19 – Streets Dept.: Go See It: Justin Tyner’s “Light As Memory”
8/16/19 – South Philly Review: Local stained glass artist presents new exhibition at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
8/26/19 – Philadelphia Inquirer: As enforcement tightens and border tensions rise, art and immigration meld
9/12/19 – USA Today: 5 things to do on your first trip to Philadelphia beyond the Liberty Bell
9/15/19 – PhillyMag: Philly Residents Can Visit Magic Gardens for Free This Week
10/7/19 – Hidden City: Salvage City: Recycling History One Object At A Time
10/17/19 – Al Dia: Sculpture exhibition at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens embodies immigrant stories
10/19/19 – KYW: New art exhibit sharing immigrant stories debuts at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
10/21/19 – South Philly Review: New exhibit at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens uses self-portraits and audio to tell immigration stories
11/5/19 – Thrillist: Explore the Magical World of Mosaic Art in Philadelphia
11/11/19 – Dosage Magazine: Vidas Suspendidas (Suspended Lives) Exhibition at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
11/22/19 – Broad Street Review: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Presents Visionary Voices
11/22/19 – Dosage Magazine: Visionary Voices – An Exhibition of Portraits
12/3/19 – National Geographic: Here’s Why You’ll Fall in Love with Philly


7/12/18 – Philadelphia Magazine: “I Love My Job”
7/29/18 – 6ABC Loves the Arts
8/7/18 – Philadelphia Inquirer: “Restoring Philly’s Magic Gardens, which weren’t supposed to last”
10/11/18 – Al Dia: “Reimagining mezcal and the traditions of ‘Material Mexico'”
10/23/18 – Philly Who? Podcast: Interview with Emily Smith


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