His work makes me smile. And I’m sure it makes the people of Philadelphia smile when they see the incredible mosaic work of Isaiah Zagar. That’s where he is based and the city has benefitted greatly from him being there. When you see what he creates I’m sure it will make you smile as it does me. There’s a joy in his work that lets you know that this man really loves what he does. And he’s got a very infectious smile!!
The Magic Gardens is a large indoor/outdoor mosaic mural that he has created in Philadelphia that is just amazing. Check out some of the pictures…and look around! His words below…
“In 1959 when I was 19 years old I was introduced to the folk art environment of Clarence Schmidt, My Mirrored Hope,Woodstock, New York, USA. Soon after in 1961 there was a groundbreaking exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, in New York City called The Art of Assemblage. Because that exhibition included assemblages of artists like Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet, Kurt Schwitters, Antonio Gaudi alongside of untrained brickaleurs Clarence Schmidt, Simon Rodia and Joseph Ferdinand Cheval that gave me as a trained artist the rationale to include their concepts as manifestations of fine art. At a crucial time in my life it allowed me to begin what could be called a life’s work making the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania into a labyrinthine mosaic museum that incorporates all my varied knowledge and skills.
By Cathi Milligan