Isaiah Zagar

Isaiah Zagar, a Philadelphia legend, has covered more than 50,000 square feet of the Pennsylvania city with stunning mosaic murals, created from recycled broken bottle and other found objects. Through this creation of artwork, Zagar has helped shape the city of Philadelphia into a thriving, creative community. The Magic Garden, the gorgeous home base for his mosaic workshops, is a labyrinth of glass bottles, bicycle wheels, discarded ceramic plates, hand made tiles, and shards of mirror that form walls and tunnels, as well as decorative mosaics that even feature poetry! His work is included in many art institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum of Art.

Receiving multiple grants for his artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Trust, Zagar has gained much recognition in various films and publications. One publication, “In A Dream,” was created by his son, Jeremiah Zagar in 2008 and was short-listed for an Academy Award. Zagar has spoken at several prominent conferences and artist lectures, both domestically and internationally. Isaiah Zagar lead The Sanctuary for Independent Media and the surrounding community in a Mosaic Art charrette by helping build Freedom Square with recycled materials. 

Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on Linkdin
Share on email
Share via Email

Get to know even more Sanctuarians!

Steffi Santos

Steffi is an undergraduate student at the University at Albany (SUNY), majoring in Atmospheric …

Ana Cowie

Ana Cowie is an undergraduate student at Oberlin College. She is passionate about the …

Anna Steltenkamp

Anna Steltenkamp began working with the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Summer 2020. Anna …

Upcoming Events
Dec. 04
People’s Health Sanctuary presents: End-of-Life in the Age of Covid
Dec. 11
Water Justice: Echoes from Lock One
Dec. 12
Water Justice: Youth future

Stay Informed

Sign up with your e-mail address to keep up to date with events, workshops and other announcements from The Sanctuary. You may unsubscribe at any time
* indicates required
Don't worry.We <3 privacy, and will not sell your information.