Although I am certainly a fan of public art, I am not a fan of the Philadelphia Mural Arts program which has produced some of the most hideous and offensive art I have ever seen. Within the next few years, I will be working on some new ideas to help the horrendous Philadelphia Mural Arts program. Some of the concepts will not be eagerly accepted, but I'm standing by all of them.
My first mural suggestion is a flow chart of Philadelphia's drug industry, beginning with the raw material and then laying out each step until the final purchase for use. I will be creating cocaine and heroin charts, two big Philadelphia industries.
Refining and Production
Wholesale and Distribution
This is the very first draft of the mural
of course the mural will have real dollar amounts at each point detailing who gets how much money at each juncture and where the product is coming from and going to. I have started to research how illegal drugs actually get to my block but am having a hard time finding the info I need, particularly how much money each person makes. If anyone can point me in the right direction for my research, I would be very grateful.
I would also like to have a series of murals that explain how our basic utilities work. I don't fully understand how electricity gets into my house or how I'm able to flip a switch and a gas flame on my stove pops up. Because I'm so in the dark about the work and the science that goes into the utilities I take for granted, I have a hard time really seeing how turning on a light is connected to, say, anthracite coal mining in upstate Pennsylvania or nuclear waste.
The murals will have brief explanations of how the utility gets to the final household use.
The murals will also have the real dollar pricing of creating the utility all the way through to the consumer. For example, Philadelphia gets some electricity from Eddystone coal plant, so the mural will have the coal miners wages, the amount it costs to run the Eddystone plant, the salary of Exelon's top CEO, how much the average electric bill is, etc.
Here's the list of murals I'll be working on.
Oil and Gasoline