Project brings color - and hopefully business - to North Philadelphia

Dutch muralists Jeroen Koolhaas (left) and Dre Urhahn are leading the Mural Arts Program's Philly Painting of geometric murals from the 2500 to the 2800 blocks of Germantown Avenue. The year-long project aims to marry art and economic development.

Against the backdrop of a gray primer, painters fill in numbered squares and stripes with the corresponding shade of blue, red or yellow.

But this isn’t paint by numbers. This is the 2500 block of Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia, and the first of more than 100 buildings being painted for Mural Arts Program’s Philly Painting.

The project, now in its third week of painting, is Mural Arts’ largest endeavor yet. In addition to bringing in Dutch painting duo Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, the geometric murals will stretch from the 2500 to the 2800 blocks of Germantown and include a large-scale mural in Center City.



Philadelphia Inquirer Photo: ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer

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