The elephants in Druid Hill Park have arrived at last. Check out photos from yesterday’s unveiling ceremony:

Painted by ALCO

One of the baby elephants painted by ALCO

One of five elephants meandering through the park

One of five elephants meandering through the park

 

Deborah Patterson sporting her pink elephant purse

Deborah Patterson sporting her pink elephant purse

Artist Barbara Thompson in the spotlight

Artist Barbara Thompson in the spotlight

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Deborah goes through the list of dozens of people who helped make this project a reality

Deborah introduces the Elephants: a project 2 years in the making

Will Backstrom from PNC Bank describes the birth of the Transformative Art Prize

Will Backstrom from PNC Bank describes the birth of the Transformative Art Prize

Randi Vega & Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Randi Vega & Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Artist Barbara Thompson

Artist Barbara Thompson

 

Randi Vega & Will Backstrom, the masterminds behind the PNC Transformative Art Prize

Randi Vega & Will Backstrom, the masterminds behind the PNC Transformative Art Prize

Elephants Groundbreaking

The Greater Mondawmin Community Association and Artblocks, winners of the 2012 PNC Transformative Art Prize, have officially broken ground on installing 5 life-sized elephant sculptures in Druid Hill Park.

Stop by on Wednesday, June 11 at 2:30 pm for the unveiling celebration!

Forever Together / I Am Here Because Its Home by Stephen Powers

Forever Together / I Am Here Because Its Home by Stephen Powers

The first time I met Steve Powers, he climbed out of the big white BOPA family van sporting a yellow raincoat and a Guided by Voices T shirt. The world-renowned Philly-born graff-writer-turned-Fulbright-scholar was in town for a marathon of cross-city site visits and community meetings for our upcoming Love Letter to Baltimore project this fall. (Haven’t heard much about it yet? That’s because we’re still planning it!) When Housing offered up the wall space for what Steve called a “temporary forever” mural, he tacked that onto his trip.

I showed him the lift and pointed out the wall at 2454 E. Eager Street—the corner house in a row of city-owned vacants slated to be demolished later this summer.

He quickly walked passed it and all the way down Eager Street. The yellow raincoat floating behind him made him look like a mad scientist.

When he came back he asked if they were all vacant. I said they were, that we had just planned on the wall at 2454, but we could ask about the rest.

Less than 24 hours later we were signing a right of entry agreement for 35 properties; Steve ordered 10 gallons of “Ravens Purple” and a power generator for his paint sprayer and got to work. Not on painting, but on talking to the people who live next door—on Montford, on Eager, on Port—about what they love and what they hate about their city.

So began the first line of Steve ESPO Powers’s Love Letter to Baltimore: FOREVER TOGETHER / I AM HERE BECAUSE ITS HOME.

Can’t wait for the rest.

Prepping the wall for "I Am Here Because Its Home"

Prepping the wall for “I Am Here Because Its Home”

Sketching out the V in "Forever"

Sketching out the V in “Forever”

Forever Together / I Am Here Because Its Home by Stephen Powers

“Temporary is permanent and together can be forever” – Steve Powers on his temporary mural which spans from 2402-2454 E. Eager St.

 

 

 

 

Muralist, conservationist, and public art trail-blazer, Meg Saligman,  boasts some of the largest single-project murals in the country. Her 2008 Omaha mural, Fertile Ground, measures upwards of 32,500 square feet. For over 20 years, she’s been at the forefront of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and has created work across the U.S. and as far as Africa.

Evolving Face. 2010. Philadelphia, PA. Golden exterior acrylic, non woven media, LED lights and custom steel. 6000 square feet.

Evolving Face. 2010. Philadelphia, PA. Golden exterior acrylic, non woven media, LED lights and custom steel. 6000 square feet.

On Wednesday, June 11, the Lunder Conservation Center will present a free public lecture with the artist herself at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery in DC.

THE DETAILS:
Preserving Public Art: The Murals of Meg Saligman
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
8th and G Street NW, Washington D.C.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6 – 7pm
Doors Open at 5:30pm
No tickets required

Can’t make it down to DC for the lecture? Stream it online at the Smithsonian’s website HERE.

The Charles Street Reconstruction Project includes new travel/parking pavement, sidewalk repavement, new curbs, signage, replanting of trees, new crosswalks, bike lanes, etc. on Charles Street between 25th Street and University Parkway. The most extensive of the planned renovation is proposed between 33rd Street and just north of 34th Street. An artist has been commissioned to engage the plaza being created on the east side of Charles between 33rd & 34th Streets with an artwork that is integrated into the landscape site work.

This piece, Optical Gardens, by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, an artist team from Seattle, Washington, is currently being install now and over the next few months, with a potential project completion date of August 2014. Optical Gardens is conceived as a platform that gives expression to unique natural and cultural characteristics of Charles Village, including its culture, community, built environment, natural environment, climate, and seasons.

Baltimore artist (and 2014 Sondheim Semifinalist) Sebastian Montorana was contracted to carve the “season rooms” and can be seen in pictures on site installing these elements.

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