Philadelphia Muses

Meg Saligman1999-10-01

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Intended as a contemporary interpretation of the classical muses, Saligman has created an arts landscape filled with figures and elements symbolizing today’s art and creativity.

In the center of the composition is an arts machine spinning out spheres, symbols of the perfect art form. Each of the nine muses in the composition is associated with a sphere, and there are circular references throughout the composition, such as the compass.

Through portraits of local performing artists and references to works of art by local artists, Saligman honors the following forms of creative expression.

The entire mural was created by the artist in her studio using large squares of a polyester fabric called non-woven media (or parachute cloth). These were then adhered to the wall with an acrylic gel, much like a giant decoupage. Saligman’s style is very painterly yet also very realistic and makes frequent allusions to classical themes and figures like the muses in this composition.

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  • Title: Philadelphia Muses
  • Creator: Meg Saligman, Photo by Steve Weinik
  • Date: 1999-10-01
  • Date Created: 1999-10-01
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Location Created: Philadelphia, PA
  • External Link: Mural Arts Program