Our Grassroots

Our Grassroots © 2020 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Rebecca Schultz, 4500 Wayne Avenye. Photo by Steve Weinik.

  • location Wayne Junction
  • Neighborhood

    Germantown / Chestnut Hill

  • completion date

    January 01, 2021

About the Project 

Our Grassroots uses area flora to bring color and vibrancy to a drab industrial stretch between the Germantown and Nicetown neighborhoods. Artist Rebecca Schultz took inspiration from plants in the two neighborhoods, from centuries-old trees to newly planted park grass, from thriving community gardens to spontaneous vegetation piercing paved lots. She translated the images into a range of visual styles, then asked community members to create their own interpretations of local plants with torn paper collages, contour line drawing, stamping, and scratch prints. These works were then incorporated into a single design collaged together. The art is anchored by trees because residents in both neighborhoods cited them as important to their daily lives.


City of Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Philly Office Retail
Wayne Mills Company


Germantown United CDC
Nicetown CDC
Philly Office Retail
SoLo/Germantown Civic Association
Wayne Junction Community Advisory Committee