The train tracks along which Katharina Grosse's work will be displayed. Photo courtesy of the Mural Arts Program.
WHYY's NewsWorks recently aired a segment on Mural Arts Program's upcoming project with Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. The project, funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, will focus on a string of dilapidated buildings lining the train tracks that lead from Philadelphia to New York City. The work, which will begin in the spring, will cover five miles of rubble and buildings running alongside the rail line.
"For many years we've been thinking about creating a linear gallery that you see when you're leaving 30th Street Station and headed up toward New York because it's this industrial area that just seems to be crying out for some beautification and art," Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden told NewsWorks. "Her work is quite abstract, quite conceptual. So it will be really bold color!" Golden said. "Someone described her work once as 'shock and awe!'"