If you could build a tribute to the city of Philadelphia as it is today, what would it look like? That’s the question at the heart of a new Mural Arts Philadelphia project called Monument Lab, which tasks local and national artists with creating shrines to the city to be displayed in 10 public parks around town between September 16 and November 19.
The pieces, according to artistic director Paul Farber, are meant to complement Philadelphia’s collection of public artworks while remembering “many of the stories and figures who have not made it into bronze or marble in the public space”—namely, women and people of color, who are represented in only a handful of the 300-plus statues in the city. (The rest pay homage to powerful white dudes.)
The works in Monument Lab come in all shapes, sizes and formats and will not only give voice to overlooked historical figures but also address current social issues facing this city—from education and race relations to the opioid epidemic in Kensington. Here are five projects we’re excited about and where to find them.