Philly Magic Garden
Philly’s Magic Gardens is a non-profit organization, folk art gallery on South Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s basically a giant mosaic piece made from multicolored glass, shiny tiles, and repurposed goods. Artist, Isaiah Zagar started the project in 1968 and has since become a staple of any visit to Philly.
Salvation Mountain is basically a giant painted hill in Imperial County, California. The structure is made from all kinds of refurbished materials and is a monument dedicated to the Sinner’s Prayer. Salvation Mountain was created by Leonard Knight who passed away in 2014.
In 2009, Tony Goldman partnered with ten street artists to repurpose the warehouses of Wynwood into canvas of dedicated to street art which is often an under-appreciated medium of creativity. Since opening, Wynwood has brought some of the greatest street artists in the world to Miami to showcase their skills on the warehouse canvases. The effect has spilled outside of the initial park and into the entire surrounding community. In Wynwood you’ll find hundreds of murals but you’ll also find trendy shops, restaurants and bars.
East Jesus is easily one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. Located in Slab City, California East Jesus is an art exhibition created by eccentric survivalist. Their website is strongly worded – if not slightly terrifying – but the exhibition is pretty amazing. Slab City is an area of the desert that has no plumbing, electricity, or basic infrastructure. The people who live on the slabs are technically squatters as the land is owned by the California Teacher’s Union but folks have been living there since the 60s. Consider pairing your visit to East Jesus with one to Salvation Mountain as they are less than a mile apart.
Union Market is a repurposed warehouse turned food market in North East Washington DC. The space is a locals hangout with 40 different eateries and shops. Union Market is often used for events and community activities like the “drive-in” theater during the summers. The market is decorated with several large scale murals that are perfect for the Instagram all-star.