Both myself and Pipelines were heartbroken to hear that Shaun Baron, a.k.a. MAD (ESC KD WH NSF crews and co-founder of the INFAMOUS MAG) was stricken with Stage 4 Cancer in various organs, a diagnosis he got only a few days into the new year. Shaun has no insurance, lives on workman’s comp, and has a wife and 2 kids. It’s insanely screwed up, and we just couldn’t believe it when we heard it. The guy has a massive talent, and his magazine has inspired us to push ourselves as much as possible in what we do in covering the street art scene. We wish him the absolute best and hope he has a quick recovery!
To steal a line from Van Halen, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
Pipelines and myself decided to do something we had never done before and head for a part of Philadelphia we normally stay away from; The Art Museum. We had heard of some fairly obscure place that promised a vast cavern of not just street art, but also adventure. For me, adventure is something that you should experience whenever you can, and with Pipelines in tow, we were more than ready to take it on! We originally started at the other end of the Ben Franklin Parkway and stared straight into a pit where countless cop cars were parked. I had to laugh. “Well, maybe we should just ask an officer for directions. Just say, ‘Hey, how do we get to the abandoned railroad tracks?'”
We eventually reached a tiny dirt path that led directly to our treasure; a hidden world cut off from everything and everyone.
As amazing as the space itself was, it was also incredibly intimating. A massive expanse, seemingly endless at times, and a set of abandoned tracks running down the middle. It made me think of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and where their lair would be, but also of how it was still so well preserved on a whole. Columns rose from the ground high into the air to keep the ceiling up. Considering the large number of cars and how long its been around and how unwell kept it is… it is nothing short of amazing to comprehend!
As we entered, we saw the walls covered in street art.
I went back to get a photo of Harlequinade’s latest piece, and at first couldn’t find it. Instead I found two guys loading some stuff into a building through the doorway that, you guessed it, had this image on it. I wound up asking the guy if he could let me take a photo of it, and he was more than accommodating.
Harlequinade, I think you’ve got a hit!
I really like this piece! There’s a aura of muted spirituality to it as well as mystery. I’m glad I went back and got a better shot of it.
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