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Take A Look At The New Mural That’s Lighting Up Center City

By Secret Philadelphia

Electric Philadelphia

Electric Philadelphia will surely brighten up your day and night!

A brand new neon mural has popped up in Center City. Local muralist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau are back at it again with a brand new neon lights mural and it’s totally awesome! The 8,500-square-foot Electric Philadelphia was recently unveiled under the I-676 overpass on 6th St. between Race and Wood.

The breathtaking mural was supposed to be completed earlier in 2019, but with delays that pushed back the project’s original finish date and the delays spurred by the Coronavirus shutdowns, Electric Philadelphia finally lit up earlier in November.

The mural was revealed on November 16, the same day as Philly officials installed the new COVID-19 restrictions, and we’re not going to lie it came as a bit of fun news in an otherwise dreary day.

You may know Guinn and Billiau from their 2016 collaboration on Percy Street. The vibrant Electric Street mural kickstarted a project meant to make the block a neighborhood attraction, ultimately enhancing safety by “attracting pedestrian traffic to a previously under-used public space,” according to the Percy Street Project.

The awesome mural received nationwide attention and is now a popular hangout spot for many Philadelphians.

This time around, with the aid of Mural Arts Philadelphia and Visit Philadelphia, the artistic duo has created yet another stunning piece of artwork, an ode to the city’s creative and industrious spirit.

“The site presented an amazing opportunity to me to represent the overlap of tremendous history with the energetic forward-looking Philadelphia of today,” said Guinn, in a press release. “Neon-like LED lights integrated into the mural will transform the underpass into a beacon attracting visitors from all directions and boldly proclaim the city’s industriousness and creativity, both past and present.”

Now that most indoor attractions are closed and dining out is quite limited, why not check out Electric Philadelphia in Center City? It may not be holiday-themed but it sure will make your spirit bright!

See also: Immerse Yourself In This Twinkling Winter Wonderland Of Lights Opening Soon At Wells Fargo Center

[Featured image: Instagram / @kylehuff ]