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