Our group tour ended after breakfast, and I happily set out to explore Philly on my own for the last few hours before I needed to catch a Lyft to the airport. I’d noticed something enticing about a 25 minute walk from the hotel: the Magic Gardens, created in an arts neighborhood of the city, along South Street between 9th and 10th Ave.
Isaiah Zagar is a mural artist who has been involved in creating over 200 public murals in Philadelphia neighborhoods — the city is known for its murals. There is one of former Mayor Frank Rizzo in the Italian Market area. Zagar is the artist who created the Magic Garden, and inspired other artists to create murals up and down the streets around the Magic Garden as public works of art. This is a wonderful, funky neighborhood creation which spans an entire alley and various free standing pieces as well as the Magic Garden itself. I loved it.