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How Philly Moves

April 7 – May 1

Dusk to Dawn

Kimmel Center Broad Street Façade


A digital projection mural collaboratively commissioned by PIFA and the internationally-renowned Mural Arts Program will grace the façade of the Kimmel Center. This constantly-changing mural created by JJ Tiziou will feature photos and videos of dancing Philadelphians from his How Philly Moves project. The Kimmel Center’s mural is a sister to the Mural Arts Program’s 50,000 square foot painted mural composed of JJ’s iconic photos, coming to Philadelphia International Airport in June 2011.

How Philly Moves will provide a visually stunning gateway at the Philadelphia International Airport via a 50,000-square-foot mural incorporating the photographic work and design of artist Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou – scheduled for completion in June 2011.

The mural will celebrate Philadelphia and transform the airport’s parking garage into a welcoming and memorable gateway to the region for travelers and visitors from all over the world. Across the top decks of the garage, luminous dancing figures will swirl, unified in a rich field of black, giving viewers a first taste of the liveliness that awaits them in the City of Brotherly Love. From I-95, at 60 miles per hour, the energy of their movements will be unmistakable.

How Philly Moves builds on Philadelphia’s longstanding commitment to the production of public art and will culminate in the creation of a dynamic and iconic new ‘postcard’ image for the city. Leading the team of muralists is Jon Laidacker, who is joined by Tjai Abdullah, Efrain Hererra, Charles Newman, Laura Velez, and Tom Walton.

Other aspects of How Philly Moves include a documentary produced by The Big Picture Alliance and a permanent exhibition inside the airport’s public space which will provide context for the project as a whole.

Artistic Credits

· JJ Tiziou

Photography, Animation, Art Direction

· Ellen Reynolds

Video Editing, Lead video

· Nicole Ward


· Cait Davis


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