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Fergie's Pub on Sansom Street Gets a New Look

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On the left, a shot of the progress made on Robert Goodman's mural thus far. On the right, a rendering of what the mural will look like when it's done.

Artist David Guinn, best known for his tremendous work with the city's Mural Arts Program (MAP), sent us a photo today of in-progress mural on the the wall of Fergie's Pub at 12th and Sansom. You might remember that Guinn—a proponent of MAP's commitment to neighborhood involvement in mural design—came up with the Freewall Mural Project, which promotes artist-centric wall painting that spares muralists lengthy community meetings that make them want to sob. Instead, the wall of Fergie's will serve as a gallery space for artists who bring their personal visions into a public space.

Guinn thinks it could be the beginning of a new public art movement in Philly—one where artists paint what they want to on their own terms. While many street artists already do that, it's hard to imagine Robert Goodman—the first Freewall muralist—wheatpasting at night. The man is a professor at Moore College, for god's sake. If Banksy is revealed to be Harold Bloom, we'll reassess, but for now we suspect going legal with Freewall is a smart move.
· Muralist David Guinn Finds a Way to Go to Fewer Meetings [CPHI]
· Freewall Mural Project video [Kickstarter]