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ADD FUEL is the work of Portuguese artist Diogo Machado.



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
, 2023

This unique tile panel is a celebration of the people, places, and events that have shaped Philadelphia into the vibrant and dynamic city it is today. It is a testament to the enduring power of art as a vehicle that connects us to our shared history, and inspires us to imagine a brighter and more inclusive future.
The artwork's main palette of blue, red, and brown, highly inspired by the city’s own Mercer tiles evoke a sense of warmth and familiarity that is instantly recognisable to anyone familiar with Philadelphia.
In the midst of this tapestry of color and texture, a simplified skyline emerges, connecting the artwork to Philadelphia's bustling urban environment. The skyline is a nod to the city's rich architectural heritage, as well as a reminder of the many challenges and opportunities that arise in a densely populated urban area.
‘CRADLE’ is a tribute to Philadelphia's storied history as a city of many firsts. From the founding of the United States to the emergence of countless cultural and artistic movements, Philadelphia has always been a place of innovation, creativity, and growth as it captures this spirit of possibility and discovery, inviting viewers to explore the many dimensions of Philadelphia's cultural identity through this intricately crafted tile panel.

Photo © Miguel Portelinha