Ask me anything about Isaiah Zagar & Philadelphia's Magic Gardens!   Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals.

TOMORROW! Join us from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM for the opening reception of “Beyond the Wall” an exhibition of works by participants from @muralarts’ Restorative Justice Program. 


The reception is pay-what-you-wish and wine will be available for purchase. See you there! (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

TOMORROW! Join us from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM for the opening reception of “Beyond the Wall” an exhibition of works by participants from @muralarts’ Restorative Justice Program.


The reception is pay-what-you-wish and wine will be available for purchase. See you there! (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

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There are still spots available for our Date Night Tour this Thursday at 6:00 PM! These tours explore the themes of love and sex depicted in the gardens, as well as Isaiah & Julia Zagar’s romance. This special night includes wine and makes a great pre-dinner activity for you and your special someone. 


$12/Members, $15/Non-Members. 
Call (215) 733-0390 to reserve!
Photo by Johanna Austin, austinart.org
 (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

There are still spots available for our Date Night Tour this Thursday at 6:00 PM! These tours explore the themes of love and sex depicted in the gardens, as well as Isaiah & Julia Zagar’s romance. This special night includes wine and makes a great pre-dinner activity for you and your special someone.


$12/Members, $15/Non-Members.
Call (215) 733-0390 to reserve!
Photo by Johanna Austin, austinart.org
(at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

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When PMG’s founding artist Isaiah Zagar began to create mosaics, he loved experimenting with different materials and textures. Since then he has used many different materials in his art — even fabric! This month’s #PECOFamilyJams encourages visitors to experiment with a variety of textures while weaving with burlap. Use ribbon, pipe cleaners, yarn and more to create your own take-home souvenir. Make a bookmark, coaster, or use your imagination to create something completely different!

Attend PECO Family Jams for free this Sunday by mentioning “PECO Family Jams” at the front desk.

Photo by Johanna Austin, AustinArt Photography (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

When PMG’s founding artist Isaiah Zagar began to create mosaics, he loved experimenting with different materials and textures. Since then he has used many different materials in his art — even fabric! This month’s #PECOFamilyJams encourages visitors to experiment with a variety of textures while weaving with burlap. Use ribbon, pipe cleaners, yarn and more to create your own take-home souvenir. Make a bookmark, coaster, or use your imagination to create something completely different!

Attend PECO Family Jams for free this Sunday by mentioning “PECO Family Jams” at the front desk.

Photo by Johanna Austin, AustinArt Photography (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

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Happy #tbt! Here is a photo of PMG in progress during the early 2000’s. What’s different about the gardens now? (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

Happy #tbt! Here is a photo of PMG in progress during the early 2000’s. What’s different about the gardens now? (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

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TONIGHT: Garden Sips! Listen to Fresco Jazz Duo while making a fuse bead mosaic and sipping on a nice cool drink!  


The fun will be going from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and all proceeds will benefit our Education & Outreach programs. Admission is $5, or $15  to include unlimited drinks & a FREE drink koozie. Drink tickets are $3 each, and if you’re a member you’ll receive one free drink or $3 off the unlimited option! (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

TONIGHT: Garden Sips! Listen to Fresco Jazz Duo while making a fuse bead mosaic and sipping on a nice cool drink!


The fun will be going from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and all proceeds will benefit our Education & Outreach programs. Admission is $5, or $15 to include unlimited drinks & a FREE drink koozie. Drink tickets are $3 each, and if you’re a member you’ll receive one free drink or $3 off the unlimited option! (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

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Helen Martins’ Owl House, often cited as South Africa’s finest example of outsider art, is an extraordinary, other-worldly home of concrete and ground glass sculptures. Her creativity conjures up an array of emotions: from wonder to excitement, curiosity and sadness.

The late Helen Martins dedicated the latter part of her life to transforming her ordinary Karoo home into a fanfare of colour and light. The result is The Owl House, and it’s impact is such that visitors are variously awed, inspired, fascinated, calmed or perturbed by their visit, but never untouched.

Helen Martins grew up in Nieu Bethesda, leaving for only a few years during her youth. Her immense sensitivity, her unconventional love affairs and the fact that she had at least one abortion left her somewhat at odds with the strict Calvinist village around her. Increasingly, she hid herself away in her home. In the camel yard hangs the sign: “This is my world”.

Over the years, she and various assistants (the most famous being Koos Malgas) worked to create a multi-coloured house and fantasy garden of concrete and ground glass sculptures. Inside the Owl House, walls are encrusted with ground glass, mirrors are placed to catch light at different times of day and lanterns and candles arranged to bounce their light onto the mirrors. In the Camel Yard, scores of statues - many of them wise men and camels - face East, towards a Mecca of sorts.

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Our Visitor Services Manager, Josie just upped our improvised BBQ game by 100% with this flag cake from Whole Foods South Street!!

Our Visitor Services Manager, Josie just upped our improvised BBQ game by 100% with this flag cake from Whole Foods South Street!!

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Happy 4th everyone! Our holiday your is fully booked, but visit us at 2:00 or 4:00 PM to listen on a Mosaic Musing. Also, our 10% off mosaic sale starts today! Get an extra 10% off if you’re a member. (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

Happy 4th everyone! Our holiday your is fully booked, but visit us at 2:00 or 4:00 PM to listen on a Mosaic Musing. Also, our 10% off mosaic sale starts today! Get an extra 10% off if you’re a member. (at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens)

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Ten Reasons the Watts Towers Are Awesome →

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1. They were created by one man, by hand. Minnesota’s pretty proud of our largest-ball-of-twine-rolled-by-one-man, but even we have to tip our hats to Simon Rodia (1879-1965), who between 1921 and 1954 built three behemoth towers and a series of ancillary structures alone, by hand, in his own…

(Source: thetangential.com)

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#tbt at PMG circa 2006

#tbt at PMG circa 2006

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