A Fish Named Waffles: East Falls Community Art
East Falls tile artist, Trish Metzner, will lead a community engaged Mosaic art project aimed at beautifying the East Falls Ferry Avenue gateway corridor while offering residents opportunities to learn mosaic, strengthen relationships, contribute to the visual narrative of the neighborhood’s environmental history, and collaborate on developing and advancing the local creative arts economy in Northwest Philadelphia.
The design involves a school of mosaic fish surrounding the main sculpture, a Catfish named Waffles that was salvaged from a past project, symbolizes the EF community at large, the natural environment, and creativity past and present. The school of fish, created in community workshops by students and residents of Northwest philadelphia, symbolizes the beautiful diversity of the people living here, Community Collaboration, and the symbiotic relationship that residents have with each other and their surroundings. The color scheme and composition are designed to compliment the existing public art including the mosaic embellished pillars under the twin bridges. A plaque will be installed near the art to recognize the donors who contributed to the project through the “Adopt a Fish” fund.