Tim Simmons’ Urban Land Project

In a run-down area of Philadelphia, a beautiful image of a snowy landscape adorns a shabby brick wall. Why is it there? It’s all part of an intriguing new project by photographer Tim Simmons

In a run-down area of Philadelphia, a beautiful image of a snowy landscape adorns a shabby brick wall. Why is it there? It’s all part of an intriguing new project by photographer Tim Simmons

 

The image used on Simmons’ mural at Green St and N 5th Street in Philadelphia, shown top

 

Simmons’ landscape photographs (which subscribers will remember from our February 2008 Monograph booklet) appear in various locations thorughout the city, including on an old water tower and on billboards. By infiltrating images of natural beauty into spaces normally used for advertising or into unlikely urban settings, Simmons hopes that viewers will be taken by surprise and may be prompted to think about the relationship between the natural and urban environments.

Mural at 727 N 2nd St, Philadelphia and image featured (below)


 

Mural at 727 N 2nd St, Philadelphia and one of the images featured (below)

Installing the mural

 

Mural at N American St and Poplar, Philadelphia and image used (below)

Water tower mural at N 3rd St Phialdelphia and image used (below)

 

A simultaneous billboard-based exhibition of more works from the series is also running in Los Angeles.

Billboards at 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles


Simmons was invited to create a project by The Anthropologist, a website set up by Philadelphia-based fashion retailer Anthropologie as ‘an online space that supports the work of inspiring individuals’.

The Philadelphia arm of the project was also backed by the city’s remarkable Mural Arts Program which funds artists to transform public spaces (and which we wrote about in our January 2010 issue).

Billboards on the Delaware Expressway in Philadelphia (image used on the first one below)

 

 

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