Visitors stand in awe of Isaiah Zagar’s artistic wonderland, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, located on South Street. The local artist uses ceramic tile, mirrors and found objects to create colorful and unusual mosaic murals. Those interested in Zagar’s work can take a self-guided tour of the gardens, or join the Mosaic Mural Walking Tour.
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No photograph can capture this extraordinary art space created by mural artist Isaiah Zagar down at the quiet end of South Street in Philadelphia’s Center City—you have to see it to believe it. It’s also not easy to describe: an alternate universe? A magical mosaic environment? A creative outsider’s brilliant vision? A terrarium of otherworldly folk-art delights? Decide for yourself when you take a self-guided tour of this one-of-a-kind, ever-expanding project. The site includes an immersive outdoor-art installation crafted from found objects and handpainted tiles, as well as indoor galleries. The opening hours vary due to occasional public and private events; make sure to check the online calendar.
My work team took a morning to get some magical inspiration.
Philadelphia's Magical World Of Mosaics
This “magic garden” may not have any plants but it is a magical experience to wander the mosaic labyrinth. This extensive mosaic space helped save a neighborhood and create a artistic eclectic district. There are mosaics that spring out of alleges, independent boutique shops, and a diverse selection of food choices around this Magic Garden. It’s a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. The Magic Garden is a destination and worthy of exploration.