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Open Walls Baltimore 2 comes to Station North this spring and summer

March 11, 2014
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Photograph by Rarah

Photograph by Rarah

Open Walls Baltimore, the project bringing together local and international street artists to create large murals in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, is set to bring 15 new works this spring and summer. Artists from as far away as Finland and Peru are coming to the city to paint murals “to produce artistic gateways to Station North, and to challenge artists to tell the story of legacy and revitalization in this central Baltimore neighborhood, which is experiencing renewed vibrancy through the arts,” as Station North’s website puts it.

The full list of artists working between March and June, once again curated by Baltimore street artist Gaia, features locals Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Nanook, D’Metrius Rice, Ernest Shaw Jr., and Katey Truhn & Jessie Unterhalter. El Decertor of Peru, ECB of Germany, Escif of Spain, LNY of Newark, Logan Hicks of New York, Santtu Mustonen of Finland, and Zbiok of Poland round out the list participants. In addition to the murals, the British parkour group Urban Playground Team will offer free performances and workshops at Penn Station plaza. Everything kicks off with a launch party at the Metro Gallery on March 24 from 6-8 p.m.

“We are building on the success of the original Open Walls Baltimore project that literally transformed an area of our great city and allowed important conversations to take place about integrating art and the arts into a community to provide vitality, renewed strength and pride to the people who live and work there,” Ben Stone, Executive Director for Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. said in a press release, adding, “Our hope is that this project will serve as a catalyst for change, connectivity and urban vibrancy.”

Launched in 2012, the first Open Walls Baltimore brought 21 murals to the neighborhood and received glowing write-ups in the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and Complex, among others. Read our profile of the project here.
  • Guest

    Sausage fest in Station North! Why are so few women artists involved in this project? I see many are part of the organizing team, but this is such a skewed ratio, it boggles the mind (this one, anyway) in 2014.

  • Kate

    Total sausage fest in Station North! Why are so few women artists part of this project? I see they’re staffing the thing, but this imbalance boggles the mind–this one, anyway–in 2014.

  • Kate

    Apologies for the double post. I am apparently new to The Internet.