‘Scenic sinkhole’ in Queen Village christened with unofficial historical marker

Sinkhole in Queen Village
A water main broke and created a massive sinkhole at the intersection of Sixth and Bainbridge streets. Photo credit Adam Koppeser

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philly’s latest street crater will go down in history.

A street artist used a historical marker template from Plaque to the Future and planted it at the site of the massive sinkhole in Queen Village. A water main at the intersection of Sixth and Bainbridge streets broke overnight on July 25, flooding neighboring basements and leaving a big mess in its path.

The group often plays on the city’s many blue historical markers, creating and placing humorous plaque stickers at notable places around the city — moments that capture things that can only happen in Philadelphia.

Titled the “GREAT PHILLY SINKHOLE,” it reads, “Shortly after midnight on July 25th, 2021, a historic 130-year-old 30-inch water main under this intersection burst, creating a massive geyser, turning 6th street into a raging river, and making beautiful waterfalls in people’s basements. This scenic sinkhole is all that remains, and it has been delighting both residents and tourists ever since.”

Only in Philadelphia can wreckage and construction be turned into street art.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Adam Koppeser