Benjamin Volta2014-01-05

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

The large gramophone mural for the Union Transfer music venue began by exploring the architecture and of the building and surrounding neighborhood and reflecting on properties of music, sounds and the amplification of voice. The abundance of ornament that wraps the interior of the venue served as a medium for The Restorative Justice GUILD members to reinterpret, blend, form and expand with drawing. GUILD members explored the interior of Union Transfer and took hundreds of photographs. They then drew over photographs and borrowed segments of the building ornament to create a unique design. This exploratory design process eventually led us to combine all of the drawings together to create a large gramophone horn. Many of the unique designs are exploratory and decorative but some are embedded with meaning. For example there is an abstract portrait of a face that is muzzled with an X positioned directly alongside the needle of the gramophone. You can also discover ornamental interpretations of a raised fist and a black beetle. The intensity of the positive energy within is revealed through the window segments.

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  • Title: Amplify
  • Creator: Benjamin Volta, Photo by Steve Weinik
  • Date Created: 2014-01-05
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Location Created: Philadelphia, PA
  • External Link: Mural Arts Program


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