Mural ordered "painted over red" by Historical Commission

The City of Philadelphia has ordered a Mural at 410 S. 15th St. destroyed.  The mural was subject of an unprecedented 3 full Historical Commission hearings. After six years, popular support, no apparent public objections, the motion to let the mural stand failed by one vote.  Philadelphia is known as a city of murals. Despite the Historic Commission's repeated public proclamations it does not get involved in color, in the case of the only transgender mural inspired and drawn mural adjacent to the University of the Arts  (supporter), it was ordered painted over red.

New Court date: L & I Review Board:Tuesday, August 14, 2007 
Location: 1515 Arch St. 18th Floor Phila. Pa. @ 1:15 PM

 This hearing is open to the public. Anyone can attend

Contact Info:For Info:Michael A. Sher: email: or or call Pine Realty # 215-735-8896 Monday to Friday 11am to 3PM

Lawyer: Harry J. Sher: 215-893-9300

Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (VARA)

(3) subject to the limitations set forth in section 113(d),  shall have the right-
(A) to prevent any intentional distortion, mutilation, or other modification of that work which would be prejudicial to his or her honor or reputation, and any intentional distortion, mutilation, or modification of that work is a violation of that right, and

(B) to prevent any destruction of a work of recognized stature, and any intentional or grossly negligent destruction of that work is a violation of that right.

Map of mural location

More Mural Pix

Press Coverage Links: In date order below

Philadelphia Inquirer Articles  2007 

Weekly press:Waverly Street's Scarlet Mural 5-16-2007

 Daily Pennsylvanian: A Center City fight for Artistic Freedom 2-21-2007

Philadelphia Weekly: Public Image Limited 1-24-2007 

PGN:Historic Commission: Mural Must Go  1-19-2007

City Paper: Dual Murality 10-3-2002

Philadelphia Weekly:Off the Wall 8-07-2002

City Paper: Art Attack 4-11-2002

PGN:Mural Ordered Removed  1-19-2001


Mural Arts Project Bike Tour & Phila Weekly art notice

Experts and letters of support

Letter of support: Ef Campion

The opposition

Mural Legal oddities

Email to Michael Sher.

"but yes indeed, the Nazis focused on art (and the politics of art) even before they came to power.
   Among other things, the Nazis destroyed Oskar Schlemmer's great murals in the Folkwang Museum in Essen; they painted over Anton Faistauer's murals in Salzburg right after the Anschluss; and burned so-called "degenerate" art at the Berlin Main Fire House in 1939."
 Art as Politics in the Third Reich (University of North Carolina Press, 1996
 available in paperback)
 Jonathan Petropoulos: Author
 John V. Croul Professor of European History
 Director, Gould Center for Humanistic Studies
 Associate Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights
 Claremont McKenna College

Save the Mural at 410 S. 15th St home page

Excerpt of 1/2002 PGN article by Tim Cweik: Councilman Clarke support