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Image by Steve Weinik, courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Commuters traveling between Philadelphia and New York, upwards of 34,000 of them daily, are getting a pop of color added to their train ride between 30th Street and North Philadelphia Stations. Meant to be viewed from inside a moving train, psychylustro is a neon-colored, multi-part temporary installation by artist Katharina Grosse. The City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program invited the Berlin-based artist to create a piece of public art that would spark the imaginations of Amtrak commuters along the rather bleak Northeast Corridor. 

Psychylustro-Philadelphia-1Image by Steve Weinik, courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Psychylustro-Philadelphia-3Image by Steve Weinik, courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Ms. Grosse is known for creating large-scale works with industrial grade spray guns, and this piece is no exception. A team of eight artists has created massive stretches of neon “brushstrokes” across seven different sites, which include abandoned buildings, chain link fences, bridges and even shrubbery.

Psychylustro-Philadelphia-4Image by Steve Weinik, courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

The public installation allows viewers to experience it in a variety of ways, depending on which train they’re on, what direction they’re moving, and at what speed. The piece will also be left to evolve by forces of nature (and most likely graffiti as well) after six months of initial maintenance.

Psychylustro-Philadelphia-5Image by Steve Weinik, courtesy of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Psychylustro can be seen from Amtrak, SEPTA (Chestnut Hill West, Trenton lines) and NJ Transit (Atlantic City line). Some stretches are also visible from street level. Check out viewers’ photos tagged #psychylustro on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

This isn’t the first time Philadelphia has been rather forward thinking about street art: Philly Painting repainted the facades of an entire street in Germantown in one unifying theme.

1 Comment

  1. Daniel says:

    Awesome. I should photograph it soon.

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