By: Mary Fran Bontempo
Every life needs a little magic. And though magic is usually the domain of children, Philadelphia boasts a magical place that will enchant children and adults alike.
Philadelphia’s Magic Garden blooms all year long at 1020 South Street in the heart of the city. It shines, it sparkles and it shimmers. And it never needs water.
Created by master mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, the Magic Garden is a fascinating maze of mosaic art–a museum where visitors can walk through, sit on and touch the artist’s creations.
Composed of tiles, glass, dishware, bottles and other cast off items, the Magic Garden holds wonders around every corner, and on a sunny day, it’s literally brilliant.
The Magic Garden is the largest of artist Isaiah Zagar’s pieces within the city, but it is by no means the only one. Throughout Philadelphia, visitors can see Zagar’s work gracing homes, businesses and other structures, offering unexpected delight to passers-by and adding to Philly’s vibrant arts scene.
Admission to the garden is $7.00 for adults with discounts for students and seniors. Tours are available as are bookings for special events. Now that spring has sprung, take a trip to Philadelphia’s iconic South Street and visit the Magic Garden. And if you’re not local, scout your own area for unique artistic adventures. Maybe you’ll find a little magic of your own.
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