January 2, 2013
With the holiday season in high gear, it’s a good time to reflect on the good fortune bestowed on Philadelphia this past year. From well-deserved accolades — being named one of the top 10 destinations for 2013, and home to the Best Sandwich in America — to exciting development projects — the opening of The [...]Read more»
Check out the video above to meet artist Isaiah Zagar of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and learn what he wishes more people knew about in Philadelphia.
Zagar, a local artist who began tiling South Street in the 1960s and never stopped, constructed Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens out of cement, bicycle spokes, bottles, ceramic shards and other artistic knick-knacks.
Zagar has created more than 100 mosaics in Philadelphia. Meet him, and see inside the gardens, above.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1022-1024 South Street
2929 Arch Street
Check out the video above to meet artist Isaiah Zagar of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and learn what he wishes more people knew about in Philadelphia. Zagar, a local artist who began tiling South Street in the 1960s and never stopped, constructed Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens out of cement, bicycle spokes, bottles, ceramic shards and other artistic [...]Read more»
February 23, 2011
Beginning this Friday, February 25, Acclaimed Israeli artist Ilana Shafir’s mosaics will appear at nonprofit arts center Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in a new exhibition, Of Heaven and Earth: The Artworks of Ilana Shafir. The exhibition features lush mosaic and painting landscapes populated by plants, birds and other natural elements. Shafir’s delicate aesthetics immerse viewers in [...]Read more»
January 12, 2011
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is kicking off its 2011 Music & Mosaics Concert Series Saturday, January 22nd at 7 p.m. Featured artists are the weird and wonderful toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen, the eccentric electronic duo Color is Luxury, and the experimental indie ensemble Cuddle Magic. The Music & Mosaics Concert Series is a BYOB concert [...]Read more»
September 24, 2010
Next weekend, October 2 and 3, one of Philly’s most amazing spaces, Philadelphia Magic Gardens on South Street, is having a full weekend of tours and events in order to raise funds to support the space. It all starts on Saturday with a four-hour Mosaic Mural Trolley Tour co-hosted by Gardens creator Isaiah Zagar and [...]Read more»
January 27, 2010
If youâ€™ve ever taken a stroll down South Street â€“ or anywhere around South Philly, for that matter â€“ thereâ€™s no doubt your eyeâ€™s been caught by the work of Isaiah Zagar. Zagar is the artist behind all of those shimmering mosaic, tile, glass, mirror, and object-laden murals. Though his work covers buildings and walls [...]Read more»
January 14, 2010
Tomorrow, January 15th, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens launches their new exhibit, Fifty Years of Printmaking: Works on Paper by Isaiah Zagar. Hosted in conjunction with the 2010 Philagrafika festival, the exhibit will be on display Friday through March 5th, 2010. Now, you might only connect Zagar’s name to his gorgeous mosaics that dot South Street (as [...]Read more»
June 19, 2009
The first time I walked through Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, I was instantly enchanted. Isaiah Zagar, South Street’s poet of the mosaic arts, crafted this exuberant and emotionally cohesive collection of bottles, bicycle spokes, tiles and anything else you can think of, spending several decades in this parking lot-turned-thing of beauty to bring it closer to [...]Read more»
February 26, 2009
IN A DREAM: Theatrical Trailer from Herzliya Films on Vimeo. His work is unmistakable. His art is unbelievable. From the Painted Bride on Vine to Bob & Barbara’s on South, Isaiah Zagar’s mosaics are a sight to behold. Objects that were once considered disposable, become the essentials to creating his unique artwork. Debuting at last [...]Read more»