Philly now has a mural of a squirrel eating a SEPTA token

PMURAL20
A view of a mural of a squirrel nibbling on a SEPTA token on the 2200 block of North Hancock Street in Philadelphia on May 19, 2017.

Murals, squirrels, and SEPTA tokens have long been ubiquitous around Philadelphia.

Now, those three parts of city life are brought together in a new art installation in North Philadelphia.

As highlighted on the Streets Dept. blog, the just-installed mural at 2217 N. Hancock St. depicts a squirrel eating a SEPTA token. 

Artist Evan Lovett, who shared an in-progress shot of the mural this week, told the blog: "We wanted to paint something we see every day, and we added the SEPTA token to tie it into the neighborhood and the El."

Been a long day. In progress shot of today's @vurt.creative project l! #notmuralarts #squirrel #mural #philly

A post shared by Evan Lovett (@evanlovett) on

Lovett and Visual Urban Renewal and Transformation, a public-art nonprofit known as VURT, are also behind a pigeon mural on the Kensington-Fishtown border.

VURT shared a video of some of the final touches being painted  this week on the squirrel mural, giving an up-close look at the critter's grip on the token.

While tokens may be on their way out, thanks to the new SEPTA Key card, the coin is now memorialized in art. If the early response is any indication, the depiction is a hit. A Streets Department Instagram post Thursday previewing the work -- calling it "the best new mural ever" -- has gotten more than 1,800 likes.