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For decades Philadelphia’s public art program has transformed barren spaces across the city, so it seems appropriate that they transform the most barren of spaces along the tracks.
Murals are often specifically designed to stop busy city residents in their tracks, forcing them to pause and, for a change, really take in their surroundings.
Spread out along five miles of rail corridor, the latest project from the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse, is intended to do just the opposite. Over the past two weeks, Grosse has used bright colors to transform seven sites between downtown’s 30th Street Station and North Philadelphia Station. Using the train as a central vehicle, psychylustro is meant to be seen in motion.
This stretch of track into downtown sees 34,000 riders every day, including travelers heading to and from New York on Amtrak plus commuters on two lines of SEPTA Regional Rail and one New Jersey Transit line with service to Atlantic City.