About the Mural


How Philly Moves provides a visually stunning gateway at the Philadelphia International Airport via a 85,000-square-foot mural incorporating the photographic work and design of artist Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou. It was recognized as one of the nation’s best public art projects by Americans for the Arts in their 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review.

The mural, second largest in the world, celebrates Philadelphia and transforms the airport’s parking garage into a welcoming and memorable gateway to the region for travelers and visitors from all over the world. Across the top decks of the garage, luminous dancing figures swirl, unified in a rich field of black, giving viewers a first taste of the liveliness that awaits them in the City of Brotherly Love. From I-95, at 55 miles per hour, the energy of their movements is unmistakable.

The How Philly Moves mural builds on Philadelphia’s longstanding commitment to the production of public art and culminates in the creation of a dynamic and iconic new “postcard” image for the city. Leading the team of muralists was Jon Laidacker, who was joined by Tjai Abdullah, Efrain HererraCharles Newman, Anthony Peel, Virgilio Perez, Laura Velez, and Tom Walton.

Other aspects of How Philly Moves include a documentary produced by The Big Picture Alliance and a permanent exhibition inside the airport’s public space which provides context for the project as a whole, and a continuation of the photographic series by Tiziou.

The How Philly Moves mural was dedicated on October 12th, 2011. [ press release ]
The mural was recognized in 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review. [ press release ]