Nov 29, 2023 - Sports

The King of South Philly gets a new mural

Murals of Jason Kelce and Jalen Hurts

Mural, mural on the wall, who's the finest Eagle of them all? Photo: Mike D'Onofrio/Axios

Nothing's bigger in Philadelphia than sports and murals.

  • We now mean that quite literally after seeing the enormous portraits of four of Philly's most beloved sports figures plastered across the Dougherty Electric warehouse in South Philly.

Driving the news: The most recent addition is Jason Kelce, the Eagles' star center and so-called "King of South Philly" in a Kelly green jersey. Artist Joey Dougherty finished it Monday, the day after the Eagles beat the Buffalo Bills in overtime, per the Inquirer.

  • Kelce appears on the walls of the Dougherty family business between portraits of Sixers' star Joel Embiid and Eagles QB Jalen Hurts.
  • Dougherty also painted All–Star slugger Bryce Harper after the Phillies won the NLCS in 2022, per the Inquirer.

What they're saying: Dougherty, a 22-year-old La Salle grad, says he began spray-painting the sports icons in 2021.

  • It took him three 12-hour days to finish the Kelce mural after he initially sketched it out on an iPad.
  • "I've always been more artsy than I am sporty," Dougherty told the Inquirer. "My family really trusts me. They're my biggest fans."

The intrigue: When Sports Illustrated was in town shooting its cover of Hurts, the star QB stopped by to take pictures in front of the mural.

  • He even played pickup basketball with Dougherty's brother, per the Inquirer.

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