Philadelphia Magical Gardens

Philadelphia Magical Gardens
Philadelphia Magical Gardens

Gardens as a creative space have always been a place to let artists' imaginations fly and develop projects that are difficult to conceive in other spaces. This has always been the case, from Italian Renaissance gardens to more unique experiences of the 20th century, such as the famous Sculpture Garden of the surrealist Edward James.


Philadelphia Magic Garden

Also known as Philadelphia Magic Garden, in the United States, in whose conception it has invested several decades of work local artist Isaiah Zagar. A creation that for him has not only been his way of expressing himself, but has also become his best therapy to treat himself and relieve his depressive processes and his bipolar disorder.

For this he resorted to the reuse of all kinds of materials. From pieces of pottery to empty bottles, metal fragments, glass, broken mirrors and any object that he found and aroused his curiosity. So all this delirious sea of ​​waste was transformed into artistic mosaics that flank the walls and floors of the garden. And he not only has recreated this formula within the Magic Garden. In fact, throughout much of the city ofPennsylvaniayou can find murals of him done since the 1960s.

Although, the beginning of the GardenMagical proper took place in 1991, by which time Zagar was already of advanced age (he was born in 1939). Over time he grew, even occupying some plot for which he did not have permission. So in 2002, the owners threatened to tear down his work if he didn't buy the land

That was the trigger for the neighborhood to contribute money and finally create a foundation that is the one that operates, non-profit, the Philadelphia's Magic Gardens today.

The feeling when going through them is really overwhelming, almost overwhelming at times. Something that is due to the enormous accumulation of shapes, colors and materials that are discovered during the walk. On many occasions it is somewhat formless and it may seem that it is willing on a whim and in a somewhat improvised way. However, it is not so. Isaiah Zagar has been pondering the set and the disposition of each element. And in fact there are many symbols in which you can even read words, such as the name of Antoni Gaudí, the architect of Modernism who is a benchmark for the North American artist, especially for the mosaics he designed in places like the Park Güell in Barcelona.

Though it's not the only recognizable reference in the Magic Garden of Zagar. Traditional handicrafts and ceramics from Mexico and other places in Latin America also play a special role there, something that is due to the fact that the artist has traveled in different occasions to those countries, in addition to the fact that his wife is fromLatin origin.

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