Things aren’t always what they seem…

Here’s a photo of the approach to Manayunk (a neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia, where a grueling bike race is held every June) –

(Forgive the blurriness. This was shot from the window of our car, traveling at least 50 miles an hour (about 80 km/hr) last Thursday morning on the Schuylkill Expressway across the Schuykill River from Manayunk.)

What do you think? Is this the famous Manayunk Aqueduct? Well, no –

Here’s the uncropped picture. Yes, it’s a mural. (The retaining wall it’s painted on is real, though, and so is the street sloping uphill to the left in front of the wall.) Philadelphia loves murals – I hope to get across the river from time to time this summer and photograph some of them.


8 responses to “Things aren’t always what they seem…

    • Isn’t it? I don’t know who designed it, but they came up with a good illusion. I’m used to it now, but when it was new it used to really disorient me for a minute.

  1. I love a well drawn murial 😉

  2. That’s great, isn’t it?
    I wish more places would be open to allowing artists to use blank walls and buildings for murals. I love them – and I think it brings a place to life, even in the dingiest areas.

    • They are wonderful! One of the things that has made murals such a success in Philly is that the artists/organizers recruit the neighbors to give their opinions on the design, and later to help paint. So it’s a “local” mural, not something that got slapped up on a wall because an outsider thought they needed improvement.

  3. That’s awesome and I hope you manage to show us some more!

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