PHILIPADELPAPER (AAP:AP) More than 40 of Philadelphia’s murals have been vandalised in the last two months, as thousands of visitors flock to the city to view its vibrant street art.

A city commission voted on Monday to close the park next week, amid rising concerns that the city’s mural landscape is under threat by construction of a $1 billion shopping mall.

The murals were installed in the 1960s, and the city had planned to unveil the citywide murals last month.

But when the park was reopened in October, they were vandalised.

“We have not been able to restore all the murals that were vandalized, so the park is closed,” said Frank O’Malley, director of the city parks and heritage commission.

“I think the public has a right to expect that when they come to visit our city they will be able to enjoy this magnificent work of art,” he said.

“But I also think we have to recognize that we are in the midst of a very significant cultural and artistic transformation happening in Philadelphia.”

It is not clear how many of the mural damage occurred during the city park’s closure.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said it was “absolutely a tragic situation” and “totally unacceptable”.

“I hope that all of the people who are visiting this city will be aware that Philadelphia is a city of people and not just a city for corporations and wealthy developers,” he told the city council.

“It is important that we remember the importance of our city as a place of great artistic expression.”

Philadelphia has long had a vibrant street culture, but the murallos are seen as a symbol of the City of Brotherly Love.

“This is the kind of art that I’ve always loved, it’s not just about money,” said artist David Henson, who also painted murals on the city.

“If we can just keep our city free from corporate and commercial interests, that’s what I want for everyone in Philadelphia,” he added.

More:Philadelphia’s largest street art exhibition will reopen on October 1The mural is one of the world’s largest, with over 70,000 pieces of work commissioned by local and international artists, including artist Frank O.M. Barone, painter Thomas Schiller, artist David O.O.C.D., designer Jean L.

Civita and muralist George Harkins.

The City of Philadelphia has not released the names of the artists who commissioned the muralties.

“The City is a very safe place to work and I’m proud that the art has been so well received,” said Mayor Kenney.

“But the art is the art, and we can’t put any restrictions on the people’s art.”

The commission also approved plans to add an entrance to the park.

The city plans to open the new park in late 2019 and the permanent entrance will open in 2021.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has reached out to the City for comment.