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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Philadelphia

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Covering half a city block of indoor and outdoor space, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens glisten with creativity and urban renaissance. Artist Isaiah Zagar began tiling South Street in the 1960's and never stopped, eventually building a mosaic garden out of ceramic shards, broken mirrors, bicycle spokes, and vivid splashes of dyed cement. The tiled passages of the Magic Garden weave over and under ground, and perhaps more than anything through the mind of a dedicated and obsessed artist.
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  • Very interesting and non conventional art presentation made with assorted recycled materials (mostly tiles, glass, but others as well). Some depictions not suited for small children.  more »
  • Overall I felt that Philadelphia was falling short for some reason, until I ventured out a little more and discovered the breathtaking art created by such a talented artist! The Magic Gardens are grea...  more »
  • This was a beautiful and amazing experience! If you are an art person, I definitely recommend this place.  more »
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  • Overwhelming and beautiful mosaic work. And yes, a lot of his art is on the street, in alleys, and in businesses in the area. It felt nice to support and admire the work. I bought a t-shirt and a postcard. Bring a camera, take lots of pictures. Don't touch.
  • A great experience. But a terrible line to get in. Actually the queue outside is just to get a ticket to queue for the line inside. Could easily be replaced by a kiosk. A better experience is to just take photos nearby. I have done unique wedding photo sets without actually needing to go inside. Call me, and I'll do your engagement photos!
  • A unique art collection. It definitely helps to have and artsy mind when going here. Interesting how all the pieces were put together.
  • An excellent tourist value. Cheep but high quality entertainment. They say you'll only need 30 minutes to see it all but I'd give it an hour. The amount of effort put into this place is mind blowing.
  • Friday August 5th we arrived just as they closed. We went in and asked the 2 women at the desk if we could quickly go through the exhibit while the others were finishing up and the women didn't even think about it they just said NO! I'm from Boston and hoped to see this unique art. So this rating is for those 2 girls not the art. In the future hire help that wants to share what you created not turn them away.