Gaia in Center City Philadelphia
New Mural Portrait of Edmund Bacon
Goldman Properties and Mural Arts
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:52 AM

Gaia takes un-planned advantage of a lift  around the corner from his portrait of Edmund Bacon
Center City Philadephia


by Gaia

Gaia New Mural Portrait of Edmund Bacon
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:52 AM
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Gaia, A portrait of Edmund Bacon, the Executive Director of the Philadelphia
City Planning Commission from 1949 – 1970

Hello hello again.

I just finished this nice wall with Goldman Properties and Mural Arts in Center City Philadelphia.
And also took advantage of the lift to put up this one piece right around the corner.

Gaia, A portrait of Edmund Bacon, the Executive Director of the Philadelphia
City Planning Commission from 1949 – 1970

“A portrait of Edmund Bacon, the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949 – 1970 on the last day of work. Under his supervision, Philadelphia became fully adapted to the era of the automobile and struggled to maintain its dwindling middle class. Edmund Bacon’s face is flanked by a model of Society Hill and of Center City with the Vine Street Expressway sketch from his book, The Design of Cities, flows through the entire composition.”

very best


Gaia, A portrait of Edmund Bacon, the Executive Director of the Philadelphia
City Planning Commission from 1949 – 1970

Edmund Norwood Bacon (May 2, 1910 – October 14, 2005) was a noted
American urban planner, architect, educator and author

Edmund Norwood Bacon (May 2, 1910 – October 14, 2005) was a noted American urban planner, architect, educator and author. During his tenure as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949 to 1970, his visions shaped today’s Philadelphia, the city in which he was born, to the extent that he is sometimes described as “The Father of Modern Philadelphia.” Bacon was the father of six children: two sons, actor Kevin Bacon, musician Michael Bacon, and four daughters, Karin, Elinor, Hilda and Prudence (later Kira). His wife was Ruth Hilda Holmes, a teacher and liberal political activist. His friends included Buckminster Fuller, Steen Eiler Rasmussen, James Rouse, and Konstantinos Apostolos Doxiadis.

Center City, or Downtown Philadelphia includes the central business district and central neighborhoods of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. As of 2010, its residential population of over 57,000 made it the third most populous downtown in the United States, after New York City’s and Chicago’s. Center City is home to most of Philadelphia’s tallest buildings, including Philadelphia’s City Hall, the second tallest masonry building in the world and until 1987 the tallest in Philadelphia, as well as the tallest building in the world for seven years. Across the street from City Hall is the Masonic Temple, the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, a legacy of the Founding Fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence, many of whom were Freemasons; such luminaries include George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

Design of Cities, first published in 1967, is an illustrated account of the development of urban form, written by Edmund Bacon (1910–2005). The work looks at the many aspects that influence city design, including spatial form, interactions between humans, nature and the built environment, perception of favorable environments, color, and perspective. Bacon also explores the growth of cities from early Greek and Roman times to Philadelphia’s design in the 1960s. It is considered a seminal text on urban planning.

The Goldman Properties Company ( was founded in 1968 by Tony Goldman, with his daughter Jessica and son Joey. Tony Goldman was a modern American real estate based pioneer of urban revitalization who brought renewal and prosperity to blighted real estate with fresh originality. The Bowery Mural is an outdoor long run temporary mural exhibition space in Manhattan owned by Goldman Properties since 1984. Tony Goldman started the Bowery Mural, at the corner of Houston and Bowery, with Jeffery Deitch. Goldman’s goal was to use the wall to present the top contemporary artists from around the world with an emphasis on artists who work on the streets.

The Mural Arts Program ( is currently one of Philadelphia’s largest employers of artists, employing over 300 artists a year. It also hires prosecuted graffiti vandals at a rate of over 100 per year and involves them with the creation of murals around Philadelphia. The Mural Arts Program is an anti-graffiti mural program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania founded in 1986 and directed by Jane Golden as a division of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network. The average mural painted by the program is approximately the height of a three-story row house and 35 feet (11 m) wide.

Gaia, a Baltimore-based street artist, whose name stands for Earth Goddess, is known for using animal imagery to convey nature’s voice in urban landscapes, often evoking a sense of mythical feedback as an omen from global warming. Other subjects include portraits of urban developers Nelson Rockefeller, Robert Moses, Henry Flagler, James Rouse, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. Gaia recently curated the multi-site mural project Open Walls Baltimore (OWB) which was scheduled to include fellow artists Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Chris Stain, MOMO, Freddy Sam, Jaz, Jetsonorama, Overunder, Vhils, Nanook, Mata Ruda, Specter, Interesni Kaski, Ever, Doodles, John Ahearn and Sten & Lex. “The carrier pigeon perched within a hand is an image that I have revisited many times in the past year. Much like the hybridized creatures I have produced in the past, this gesture displays a moment of domination and submission but also of steward and nature. Pigeons are beautiful creatures and one of the few that can tolerate the city. This print is a celebration of a dying urban sport and of an unsung animal.” – Gaia
Purchase Gaia’s limited edition print “Carrier Pigeon.”
Size 22 x 28 inches, Edition Limited Edition of 135, Materials: Three Color Hand Pulled Silk Screen on Coventry Rag, 100% Cotton Archival Paper
Gaia was recently commissioned by the Baltimore Museum Of Art

Open Walls Baltimore is an unparalleled street art project managed by and located in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District and curated by Gaia. The finest and most widely recognized street artists from around the world mounted an outdoor exhibition of extraordinary murals that enliven public spaces, stimulates community revitalization and national dialogue, and attracts visitors and investors to Station North with the installation of over twenty murals.

Map Of Mural Locations
Artists include: Gaia (Baltimore) – 1 W North Ave, Momo (New Orleans) – CIty Arts, 440 E Oliver St, Doodles (Port Townsend, WA) – 1539 N Calvert, Maya Hayuk (New York City) – 1715 N Charles Street, Ever (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – 10 E North Avenue, Overunder (Reno, NV) – 329 E Lafayette Street, John Ahearn (New York City) – Installation at Station North Arts Cafe, Specter (Montreal) – Joe Squared (North Avenue and Howard), Mata Ruda (Baltimore) – 1700 Latrobe, Josh Van Horn (Baltimore) – Guilford and North Avenue, Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhn (Baltimore) – St Paul St at Lafayette Ave, Freddy Sam (Capetown, South Africa) – Lafayette Ave at Charles St, Intersni Kazki (Kiev, Ukraine) – Complete (Maryland Ave at North Ave), Gary Kachadourian (Baltimore) – Barclay St at Lanvale Street, St Paul and North Avenue, Chris Stain (New York City) – 1701 Latrobe, Jetsonorama (New York City) – Barclay and Bowen Alley, Swoon (New York City) – Pittman Place, Sten and Lex (Italy) – Barclay and McAllister, Nanook (Baltimore) – Barclay and Lanvale, Jaz (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – Barclay St at E Oliver St, Vhils (Portugal) – 1539 N Calvert St

Documentation: Open Walls In Process, A Walk Through With Gaia, May 4, 2012
Artist Organized Art

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