Many Philadelphians known the name of artist Isaiah Zagar. A lucky few even have his work decorating their house. This well-known figure has been on the city’s radar since the 1960s, and his artwork has forever changed its landscape. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a non-profit which showcases his work, is a community forum for South Philadelphia.
It is easy to spot Zagar’s signiture whimsy on the walls of PMG on South Street. The mosaics of mirror and other materials create a festive yet otherworldly air. Now it is nearly unbelievable that this space used to be an abandoned lot. It was the combined efforts of Zagar and the surrounding community that made PMG what it is today.
PMG hosts a plethora of events and family programs that engage all ages. If you would like to view more of Zagar’s work, you only need to walk around the neighborhood to see different accents and mosics on restaurants, public spaces, and private homes.
Read here to learn more about Isaiah Zagar’s history and how PMG came to be.