Mantua Greenway Art Project

In 2019, I was hired to co-create a series of three murals with Sedakial Gebremedhin which are titled "The Mantua Greenway Art Project." The murals will be posted along a new greenway that will run through the Mantua and East Parkside neighborhoods of West Philadelphia.

 

The objective of the Art Project is to tell the history, present, and future of the neighborhoods. Sedakial, myself, and our Community Liaison Joanne Douglas held four community meetings to listen and record stories from the residents through creative art-based engagement activities. After gathering and sorting the stories and information, as well as doing quite a bit of reseach on our own, Sedakial and I co-created sketches for each mural. We then took those sketches back to our stakeholders and asked for any final feedback and revisions before we started painting.

The painting process for these three murals spanned six months and hundreds of hours. Each small detail is inspired by community stories and vetted by an empassioned group of neighbors.

The mural will be mounted on panels along the new greenway. It is currently going through the architectural, art commission and city council processes of approval. We hope it will be posted by the fall!

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Photos taken by Andrew Geller

Story Gathering Community Meeting
Story Gathering Community Meeting

We facilitated creative interactive workshops to open up conversations with community members and celebrate their stories in their neighborhood.

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Story Gathering Community Meetings
Story Gathering Community Meetings

Each meeting brought to light new aspects of the neighborhood, which we were excited to listen to and record in our mural designs.

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Finishing Up!
Finishing Up!

Each small detail painted into these murals is inspired by particular stories we heard throughout our time developing the design.

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Story Gathering Community Meeting
Story Gathering Community Meeting

We facilitated creative interactive workshops to open up conversations with community members and celebrate their stories in their neighborhood.

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Other Murals

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Meg Lemieur Dragon mural
Meg Lemieur Dragon mural

Personal commission

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Meg Lemieur SEPTA bus mural
Meg Lemieur SEPTA bus mural

SEPTA bus painted outside Philly Electric Wheels

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Meg Lemieur Southwest
Meg Lemieur Southwest

Mural painted in bathroom. Personal commission.

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Meg Lemieur flowers
Meg Lemieur flowers

Detail from commissioned mural.

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