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From its museums to its public sculptures, Philadelphia is clearly an art-friendly city. A stroll from city hall through Love Park, featuring Gary Indiana's famous "Love" sculpture, and down Ben Franklin Parkway will take you through the "Museum Without Walls," a walking tour featuring over thirty pieces of public art, including Rodin's "The Thinker" and the famous Rocky Balboa statue outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Furthermore, Philadelphia lays claim to the title "Mural City," thanks due to the Mural Arts Project.

However, during a recent visit, what most intrigued me was Isaiah Zagar's Magic Gardens. Walking along South Street, I chanced upon the place, which is a large mosaic-tiled building, accompanied by an outdoor "garden," constructed of tiles, glass bottles, dishware, and bicycle wheels, amongst other things. For a small entry fee of $5 (children ages 6 to 12 are $2, and children 5 and under are free), you can enter and look through the building, which is completely tiled inside and out, you can view some of Zagar's art on display in a back gallery, and you can explore the maze-like garden. Additionally, you can pick up a map to seek out other buildings throughout the city that Zagar has worked on. For more information on Magic Gardens, visit http://www.phillymagicgardens.org/.

© Gina Myers, 2010