The Pier, Part 2

I wasn’t sure what to expect, as I was going off of one somewhat promising picture I saw. It reminded me of The Rez in that there were so many detailed pieces because the place was relatively undisturbed. Unfortunately, quite a few of the pieces were faded because of rain and winter weather. Still there were many awesome ones, familiar and unfamiliar, that remained preserved.

Here are a couple of the broad sides. More to come this week.

The broad side of a pier, covered in graffitti

The broad side of a pier, covered in graffitti

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The Pier – Part 1

The Pier - Philly Street Art

“Where are we again?”
“We’re somewhere [redacted], but it shouldn’t be too dangerous.”
“Wait, what’s with the truck? Should we be-”
“Don’t worry, every photo I’ve seen of this place has that truck there. We should be OK.”

Myself and Pipelines had finally arrived at the entrance of the place we were tipped off about. I had helped scout out the place on Pipelines tip, and together we were going to explore it. The place was around [redacted], and largely ignored. All around us were a bunch of No Trespassing Signs, but none of them were for the property we were about to go to. “Don’t worry,” Pipelines said, “It’s mainly so if someone gets hurt that the owners can’t get sued. Instead, the blame falls on the person who enters.” Pipelines, always good for a gentle reminder that this job is sometimes easier than I think.

As we approached the truck, I soon realized there was also a guy there. In his late 50’s and balding, the man was gazing out at the vast tract of mud and dirt before him. I waved hi and smiled and he returned the favor in kind. We looked around for a [redacted], but didn’t see it. “Hey, isn’t there supposed to be a path around here?” “There is,” he said, “But it really isn’t really for walking, just cars.” “Ah, gotcha, thanks!” We took another look around and figured the best way in was by just climbing over some rocks blocking the way.

The closer we got, the more impressive the stone monolith became. Finally, we arrived at the entrance.

Covered in tags from top-to-bottom was The Pier, forgotten by time and nearly everyone. This was, by far, the single biggest playground for Philly Taggers we’d ever come across, and the incredibly epic amount of tags was staggering! From the entrance alone we saw fresh tags mixed with some rather old ones. When we finally walked by The Pier to the other side for a better look, we were floored by the incredible expanse we were about to embark on.

We had arrived.

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I Love The Rez

These are from last fall, but the fact remains that I love going to The Rez! Ever since last summer when O.D.D.Ball, Yeroc, and Eaze took us there, we’ve always enjoyed going there and back. We went back on out own last fall and got to actually relax a little and take a ton of shots. The main thing I enjoy about this place is all the years of street art that you’ll find.

Enjoy!

Oh, and my favorite…. BURNING RABBIT HEAD OF DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Underneath the Tracks…

Underneath some abandoned railroad tracks is some amazing street art that is hidden from most prying eyes. Another tagger’s paradise, this one has gotten more and more difficult to get into. O.D.D.Ball and Tober have been here, along with Shock, Hank, Seka, and countless others! The pieces here are incredible, and its a real treat to get to see!

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The Divine Lorraine Hotel is Getting a Facelift

The Divine Lorraine - 2011

About a month ago, myself and Pipelines did our first bit of going out and getting Street Art photos in a while, or as some call it “Urban Exploring”. We went to a few places, but everywhere we went it seemed some douchebag hipster was either there first or right after we arrived. We bit our tongues and tried our best to just do what we do. Nevertheless, it eventually got to us when we got to the Divine Lorraine. Now, we’re no strangers to the fact that, yes, this place is not only a mecha for street artists but also urban explorers. I can’t tell you how many tales I’ve heard of people nearly getting killed in there for one reason or another. So to see a couple of guys just waltz in kinda annoyed us since we tend to take more care when we go to these places, namely not being brazen about it. But I digress.

The fact is, the City of Philadelphia is talking about rehabbing the property. Granted, there’s been talk about this for forever and a day, but this time it seems to have some legs.

The Divine Lorraine - 2011

There are hundreds of photos of the exterior and interior, and some lucky people have gotten in and out of there over the past few years. In 2006, the building was sold and the gutting began of the interior. Sadly, that would be the most progress the building would see for a long time. Since then, the building has fallen more and more into disrepair.

But with this great beauty comes great danger. The incredibly blizzards of 2011 and the following torrential downpours that summer have wrecked havoc on this already crumbling Goliath. People have already gotten hurt. The most amazing story I heard was of someone falling 3 stories and surviving. If you go in there, be as careful as possible. With all the recent reports of the upcoming rehab, I know there are going to be dozens and dozens of people who are going to think its pretty easy and fun to get in there and walk around. Keep in mind that not only is this place over a hundred years old, its also been on the verge of crumbling for over a decade now. Over the past 5 years its had hundreds of taggers and explorers, and no one to really keep up.

So, please, be safe and respect the building and neighbors if you check it out. Thanks.

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The Harlequinade Has Come to Town!

I spotted this back on January 2nd, and I’m kicking myself for not posting this sooner.

Back in October we posted something we called “The Aztec Invasion” where we were captivated by this insanely awesome piece that was done in chalk at Occupy Philly. I spotted the people working on it but never asked anything about it. At the same time, we never really tried to research who may had done it or its meaning.

So imagine my surprise when not only did I find out who was behind it, but was also behind this little discovery from New Years!

Harlequinade Art has a fairly simple mission: A Living Graphical Urban Grimoire. To that end, they’ve already excelled at it!

We’re keeping out eyes out for anything else we can find from these amazing artists! The insane amount of detail in these wheat paste’s just blow my mind, and I can’t tell you just how much I really enjoy finding them! This one was along 2nd Street in Old City, and these masters of the craft tend to hit in and around Center City, so hopefully you’re never too far away from yet another masterpiece!

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The Electric Factory’s Paint Job

The Electric Factory - Mural

I went to the Electric Factory for a show not too long ago (Anthrax, and it was amazing!) and noticed that the place got a fancy new paint job! I’m not 100% sure who did it, and while we rarely cover murals or commissions, but this one was way too sweet to pass up!

The Electric Factory - Mural

The Electric Factory - Mural

The Electric Factory - Mural

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Gaia’s Pigeons in South Philly

These awesome pieces by Gaia were around parts of South Philly, and I have to give him credit for braving some rough neighborhoods all in the name of art!

These wheat paste’s are huge and really bring life to an area that needs some art. To me, this is one of the better examples of art being used in a community to bring something fun and interesting to the area, something that the Mural Arts Department needs to relearn.

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