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Report to the City

An event celebrating the release of a new study engaging 4,500 public monument proposals collected in a citywide Philadelphia exhibition

Fields of Knowledge
  • Comm. Development
  • Design
  • Public culture

Organizing Institutions

Slought, Monument Lab, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Opens to public





4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Slought is pleased to host a release party for Report to the City on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm, presented in partnership with Monument Lab and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? Last year, over 250,000 Philadelphians and visitors engaged this question in a citywide exhibition curated by Monument Lab and produced with Mural Arts Philadelphia. While the exhibition featured twenty prototype artworks, the lab teams collected over 4,500 proposals from public participants and passersby. The proposals offer a stunning, unprecedented glimpse into the historical imagination of Philadelphians.

Now that the research has been transcribed, mapped, and will soon be uploaded to Open Data Philly, the Report to the City offers a reading and reflection on the immense creativity and critical energies by public participants. The Report, compiled by Monument Lab and presented with Mural Arts Philadelphia, offers key findings and visualizations from the data. Mark the public release of the Report to the City by joining us at Slought for a party and free newspaper editions of the Report, along with a virtual reality tour of the 2017 exhibition, refreshments, and a special performance by Monument Lab collaborator Ursula Rucker.

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About Monument Lab

Monument Lab is a public art and history initiative based in Philadelphia. We are a team of curators, artists, scholars, and students who ask open research questions and build prototype monuments in public spaces. Through our practice, we cultivate contemporary artworks, generate publicly sourced civic data, work directly with municipal and civic partners, and co-author interpretive experiences.

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About Mural Arts

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation's largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 30 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 60–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative.

Our core program areas—Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light—yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults. Each year, 15,000 residents and visitors tour Mural Arts' outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city's civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the "City of Murals."