The Magical Mosaic Gardens of Philadelphia’s Isaiah Zager

Philadelphia’s nineteen-year-old Magic Gardens is a sprawling, multi-level work of outsider art by Isaiah Zagar executed across a space that once held three row homes. Architectural in size with fantastical interior shapes, every inch of every surface — floors, walls, ceilings — is covered in mosaics made from individual ceramic artworks along with assemblies of rusted bicycle wheels, colored bottles, smashed and whole kitchen china, shards of mirror, twists of iron and other odd and ends of folk art and industrial debris.