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Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Mural Project

Your votes are in! Here’s the winning Mural from the Mural Arts Philadelphia Contest, created by Kala Hagopian. Kala is a Philly-based artist known for her detailed murals, influenced largely by her childhood spent in Vermont’s nature, where she was born. Kala established Hagopian Arts, and recently launched the Eco Mural Project which focuses on raising awareness about our environment by creating images of natural ecosystems in urban spaces.

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. Mural Arts aims to empower people, stimulate dialogue, and build bridges to understanding with projects that attract artists from Philadelphia and around the world, and programs that focus on youth education, restorative justice, mental health and wellness, and public art and its preservation. Popular mural tours offer a firsthand glimpse into the inspiring stories behind Mural Arts’ iconic and unparalleled collection, which has earned Philadelphia worldwide recognition as the “City of Murals.”

Stay tuned for details on how to win a souvenir of Kala's winning Mural Arts Philadelphia piece, which will be featured on the 2019 Philadelphia Marathon course!

Winning Mural Concept - Kala Hagopian

Kala Hagopian is a Philadelphia-based muralist best known for vibrant, highly detailed public art pieces. She was born in rural Peacham, Vermont, and was highly influenced by a childhood spent in nature. Kala has been a working artist in Philadelphia since 2005, and received her Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. After graduating, she co-founded her first mural collective, Chroma Dolls. In 2015 she established Hagopian Arts, a company that has gained a reputation for luminous and environmentally minded murals. Kala describes herself as a “fine-art muralist,” specializing in meticulous realism interspersed with bright pattern and atmosphere. Hagopian Arts recently began the Eco Mural Project, an initiative that seeks to raise environmental awareness by introducing depictions of natural ecosystems into urban spaces.