Graffiti Pier. Philadelphia, PA.

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2899 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA

The abandoned ruins of Pier 18 in Port Richmond was once the locus of Philadelphia’s coal trade before being closed by Conrail in 1991. More commonly known as Graffiti Pier, the decaying structure is now covered in more than 30 years of graffiti creating an unsanctioned museum for street artists, graffiti geniuses and every day taggers. Currently Philadelphia’s “worst kept secret” and a tourist draw, part of the location’s appeal is that artists don’t tend to get harassed by police or security even though all visitors are technically trespassing.

Photographed April 2016.

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