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Firebird Wings Take Flight in the Kimmel Center

November 19, 2019

The Philadelphia Orchestra has teamed up with Mural Arts Philadelphia to offer concertgoers a unique experience this week as they enter the Kimmel Center for The Firebird. Complementing Stravinsky’s dynamic myth of feathered flight in Verizon Hall, patrons can transform themselves into a firebird—wings and all—thanks to a special art installation on loan from the Mural Arts’ Color Me Back program.

The Firebird Wings with artist Alvin Tull

The Phoenix “Firebird” Wings will be on display through Sunday, November 24, before soaring back to their original home in SEPTA’s Suburban Station concourse. Special thanks to Mural Arts for generously loaning this extraordinary artwork.

About the Piece

This installation was created by participants in Mural Arts’ Color Me Back program, a Same Day Work and Pay program that offers work opportunities on a daily basis for housing and economically insecure individuals in Philadelphia. The lead artists for this installation are Alvin Tull and Emily Crane. At least 20 Color Me Back participants contributed to the creation of the feathers on the phoenix wings. The design was inspired by the lore of the phoenix, which symbolizes renewal, beauty, and freedom.

About Color Me Back

The goals of Color Me Back are to give participants a same day work and pay opportunity; to connect people to resources, supports, and job opportunities they might not otherwise have connections to; and to allow people to contribute to public art. Through the sponsorship and partnership of the Barra Foundation, Scattergood Foundation, the Sheller Family Foundation, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), SEPTA, AthenianRazak, First Step Staffing, and the Office of Homeless Services, Color Me Back pays 10 participants a day for participating in mural-making at SEPTA’s Suburban Station location. Learn more about the program.