In 2014, funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program oversaw an impermanent public art project by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. psychylustro is a five-mile-long “painting” sprayed intermittently along a stretch of train tracks in northeast Philadelphia; the painting was completed in May 2014, and has already begun to be reclaimed by the elements and local graffiti artists. Interested in understanding how the project might be evaluated from different disciplinary perspectives, we invited painter Dushko Petrovich and urbanist Randy Mason to share their thoughts.
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“It is in the precise section of the trip where one ordinarily transitions into full-on arrival—mindlessly shutting down one’s laptop, texting a friend, and gathering one’s things—that the intermittent flash of Day-Glo boldly intervenes. The lustro, if we can call it that, leaps off the buildings, foliage, and dirt that line the route, demanding that one look at a part of the city that often remains overlooked.” >