A sneak peek at tomorrow’s unveiling of The Roots mural in Philadelphia


On Friday, the city of Philadelphia will unveil Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s and Amber Art and Design’s “The Roots Mural Project,” a hand-painted mosaic that has been in the works for more than two years on a wall just around the corner from the band members’ hometown high school. The dedication ceremony is in honor of Philly’s proverbial “underground” band’s 13-album career as well as their work in community outreach and their “Roots101″ youth lecture series.

In case you can’t make Friday’s ceremony, peep the preview image above. But you should try and make it. Everyone’s gonna be there, including every member of The Roots. Punch and pie.

From the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program:

Mural Arts latest mural project honors the homegrown hip hop trailblazers, cultural icons, and GRAMMY® Award winners, The Roots. From founders Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson’s humble beginnings at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), to their staggering thirteen recorded albums, to an endless overseas touring schedule, and their current position as house band on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC, The Roots have influenced generations of artists locally, nationally, and globally.

As we continue to redefine muralism in the 21st century, this mural project promises to be our most ambitious and far-reaching yet. The mural will be painted at 512 S. Broad Street, on the World Communications Charter School, not far from CAPA, where The Roots were founded.

The dedication is scheduled early, 11:30 a.m. at the World Communications Charter School, likely because the gang has to bus it back to 30 Rock to get ready for Friday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” guests Paul Walker and Joss Whedon, neither of which have a city-commissioned mural dedicated to their lives or work. Nope, not even Paul Walker.

source: Okayplayer