Located in Philly’s bustling South Street neighborhood, a beautiful magic garden lies tucked away. Sure to captivate and inspire you, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is one of the city’s most creative and best-kept secrets. This curious network of paths and tunnels, which has been adorned head to toe with whimsical mosaics and other wacky artworks, holds a wondrous world of art for any Philadelphian who dares to enter its galleries and tunnels.
The South Side Renaissance
The Magic Gardens were created in the 60s when artist Isaiah Zagar began using handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirror shards, and folk art to chronicle his life and influences. Zagar first began his work when he moved to the area with his wife, Julia, and never stopped.
In fact, Zagar’s work helped revitalize the area by renovating derelict buildings and covering them in bright and beautiful mosaics. His work alongside that of his wife and other local artists and activists gave way to a period of artistic prosperity in the neighborhood that became known as the “South Side Renaissance.”
Nowadays, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is comprised of two indoor galleries. Also, there is a bi-level outdoor sculpture garden in which you can admire Zagar’s fantastic creations.
Moreover, as a non-profit museum, the Gardens look to celebrate art in its many forms. Community outreach, public programs, hands-on activities, exhibitions, and tours are scheduled throughout the year.
Tour The Magic Garden
Conclusively, if you happen to wander off to the South Street corridor make sure to pop in by for a visit. Take a journey through the fabulous mind of the artist. This magic garden undoubtedly turned Philly’s South Street into a colorful and vibrant haven for art!
Tickets are required to the tour the gardens and can be purchased by visiting their website here.