NEWARK — Philadelphia’s Jungle Wall mural, which inspired a nationwide campaign in May 2016 to save the Philadelphia Museum of Art from demolition, is back on the streets and on the walls in New Jersey.
Mayor Jim Kenney, who championed the mural campaign, on Thursday unveiled the mural as part of the city’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Dream.
It will remain in Philadelphia through the end of the year, said Mayor Kathy Hochul, who said the project was designed to help young artists develop skills and make a living.
The mural, named for Philadelphians who helped to save an art museum from demolition in the 1980s, was inspired by the citys “dream of a vibrant, welcoming city” and the Philadelphia Zoo, which opened in 1972.
The mural depicts a man on a horse in a jungle, surrounded by a mural of birds and a child.
The city, which has had its own version of the mural since it was installed in 1985, has been trying to restore the mural.
Kenney said the city will pay for the restoration of the wall and other improvements.
He said the mural is one of a handful of Philadelphia landmarks that has survived demolition.
“We have the city of Philadelphia, but we have a city that has to recover from this,” he said.