Philadelphia's Magic Gardens: The Dreamwork of Isaiah Zagar

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens: The Dreamwork of Isaiah Zagar


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Philadelphia Magic Gardens: The Dreamwork of Isaiah Zagar captures the artistry of one of Philadelphia's most prolific muralists. Begun in 1994 and opened for the public 2008, Zagar's Magic Gardens overflows from its empty lot on South Street to cover the landscape in a labyrinthine display of found objects. This multicolored, multitextured, mural erupts in splashes of vibrant glass, stone, and twisted metal that can only be described as fantastical in comparison to the dull urban grey of its surroundings.

Zagar, an award-wining mosaic artist, is well known for his other mural work across the world. Visitors to Philadelphia alone can find his art covering roughly 300 walls as part of his overall 50,000 square feet of designs. Heavily influenced by his travels around Peru, China, India, and a host of other countries, Zagar's art combines colors and textures in a fusion of ideas that demand admiration from passersby.

In conjunction with the nonprofit art museum and gallery that oversees the installation, Camino Books will be publishing the first ever complete photobook documenting the Magic Gardens. Expertly photographed, never before has the beauty of the Magic Gardens been collected in a single photobook featuring over 130 beautifully shot color photos of the gardens by David Soffa and descriptions, history, and anecdotes written by Emily Smith, this book will provide a comprehensive look into the magic behind the creation of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680980233
Publisher: Camino Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Emily Smith, Executive Director of the Magic Gardens, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and relocated to Philadelphia from New Jersey back in 2008. Aside from her work in the Gardens, Smith is a dedicated painter who has displayed her art in multiple exhibitions such as Messy Women and the In Visible Skin Project.

David Soffa, photographer and artist, attended Bard College in 2010 where he got his BA and Yale University five years later for his Masters in Fine Arts. Currently located in Philadelphia, Soffa's portfolio is rich in photographs of both urban and natural life.

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