Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) is the creation of mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. Zagar has been mosaicking murals in Philadelphia since the 1960s, and in 1994 he began the Magic Gardens in a vacant lot near his studio. This was back before companies bought up property, lots, empty space to build condos and other such monstrosities. Zagar worked on this labyrinth of a garden, complete with staircases and much to see and explore, for 14 years. In 2002, the owner of the lot wanted to sell it due to rising property values. An amazing, unique thing happened instead - the artist community and those who love Zagar's work united and supported Zagar as his mosaicked lot became a non-for-profit and officially turned into Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. When you're in Philly next time, I highly recommend you visit this place. For a small fee you can spend a few minutes or a few hours walking around and noticing the different pictures, words, ideas mosaicked into the walls.
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