A Julius Erving mural has been looming over Philadelphia for years but now the good Doctor has some teammates.
The 76ers and Mural Arts Philadelphia unveiled a new Sixers mural at Broad and Federal Streets on Thursday morning. It includes Dr. J and a number of other Sixers legends.
Joining Julius are Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Bobby Jones, and Allen Iverson among other imagery.
According to the official press release:
The mural depicts incredible moments in Sixers history, including the Sixers 1982-83 and 1966-67 NBA Championships, as well as the organization's commitment to the community where its fans live, work and play.
The 31'w x 37'h mural required 127 gallons of paint and 1,270 hours to paint and install. The design for the mural was inspired by Brendan Dougherty, an 11-year old student at Waldron Mercy Academy, who submitted the winning entry in the Sixers Mural Arts Contest. Ernel Martinez, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, incorporated elements of Brendan’s original artwork, hidden basketball plays and Sixers community initiatives into the mural.
Here's a look at the mural up in all it's glory this morning.
And a look at the artwork by the 11-year-old student who inspired it.