South Street is an area familiar to most people who have visited Philadelphia, and rightfully so. But, if there’s one destination that must be visited on the street, it is Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.
This unique art installation is one that must be seen, as magic is the perfect way to describe it. Entering the gardens feels likes stepping into an entirely new world, one where objects of commonplace are used in a whole new way and seen in a whole new light; it is truly a special place.
Artist, Isaiah Zagar, put together the gardens starting in 1994 in a vacant lot that was located near his studio, and over fourteen years, he worked to create the mosaics that decorate the 3,000 square foot space. While Zagar’s art covers many areas of Philadelphia, the Magic Gardens is his largest artwork and it covers both indoor and outdoor space, and it includes everything from bicycle wheels to statues and mirrors.
It is truly a unique spot that is fun to wander around, especially on a beautiful day. This is exactly what Lauren and I did on our walk down South Street, after admiring the work from the outside. It was almost impossible not to be drawn inside, and once in, it was hard to leave.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are truly special, but they must be seen to be understood and appreciated, which is why, if you find yourself in Philadelphia, you must make sure a visit here is one of your top priorities. Just have a look at the photos below to see why.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are the perfect escape in the city, and a place anyone who visits Philly should make an effort to see. It’s such a unique and special spot that makes you realize just how much the world needs art.
I was a guest of Visit Philly on this trip, but as always, my opinions are my own.