Zoo debuts latest mural on parking garage

Animals that were used as inspiration for the new mural near the Philadelphia Zoo were on hand for the unveiling Thursday. Rikard Larma/METRO
Animals that were used as inspiration for the new mural near the Philadelphia Zoo were on hand for the unveiling Thursday. Rikard Larma/METRO

Artist Eurhi Jones found inspiration from Philadelphia Zoo animals, and from the trains next door, for her latest art work.

The mural, which debuted Thursday, was painted on the back of the zoo’s new parking garage at 35th Street and Girard Ave. The 8,000 sq. ft. piece was aimed toward the more than 18 million train riders who pass by annually.

The architectural challenge was building an image that would read well despite the gaps and ramps of a building that was’t yet built when Jones was designing.

Jones said she tried to incorporate a message into the mural using elements that connected the animal, human and in-motion worlds.

“I wanted to show the presence of humans,” she said. “And, hopefully, at 30 mph, make a viewer think about the mark they themselves are leaving.”


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