Articulate Baltimore Wraps Up Despite Sandy

This article was posted by Martha Cooper 1 Year, 8 months, 3 weeks, 6 days, 10 hours, 11 minutes ago.

Stefan Hauswald and Jesse James, curators of  Articulate Baltimore, weren’t planning on a hurricane when they invited artists to paint in October.  Luckily Sandy only interrupted the action and everyone managed to finish as planned—more or less.

Articulate Baltimore took place along Howard Street, a formerly thriving but now mostly boarded up inner city shopping district.  Baltimore’s venerable department stores, Hutzler’s, Hochschild’s and Stewart’s were formerly located there. I grew up in Baltimore and fondly remember shopping for ribbons for my pony tail in these elegant stores. After Mondawmin, the first of many Baltimore malls, was built in 1956, shoppers headed out to the suburbs and downtown never recovered.

Howard Street now has a light rail running along it and many of Articulate’s walls are clearly visible from the windows of its cars. The area is just south of Station North where Open Walls Baltimore took place last spring so if you’re planning a street art tour, be sure to check out both neighborhoods. Maps are available on their respective websites.

LIght Rail on Howard Street passes by as Articulate curator, Stefan Ways, paints.


Stefan Ways


Jesse James aka J.Digital stenciling in collaboration with Ways


Ways and J.Digital


Light Rail passing Ways and J.Digital mural on Howard Stree.


Indigo, Canadian artist based South Africa painted a wall based on a vintage black & white family photo of her with her mom and sister.


Indigo


Indigo


Indigo's wall was adjacent to a parking garage.


Indigo left the faded signage from a defunct Chinese restaurant


Indigo


HKS181 from Washington D.C.


HKS181


HKS181 painted a portrait of his girlfriend.


HKS181


HKS181


2501 from Italy


2501 painted all night trying to beat arrival of Sandy


2501


2501


Chris Stain, Baltimore native, now lives in NYC.


Chris Stain & Billy Mode colab


Baltimore artist Billy Mode working on colab with Chris Stain


Go Orioles!


Chris Stain & Billy Mode


Chris Stain & Billy Mode


Local BMXers touring the murals


Baltimore based Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhn


Jessie & Katie


Attaching mirrors


Jessie & Katie


Jessie & Katie


Jessie & Katie used recycled materials such as plastic bags...


...and bottle caps.


Jessie & Katie


Pixel Pancho from Italy


Pixel used mostly house paint and rollers for his mural.


Pixel Pancho


Pixel painted the demise of super-hero Flash


Pixel Pancho


Pixel Pancho


Pixel Pancho


Pixel Pancho's second wall, a dying Roinald MacDonald.


Baltimore mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake supported the Articulate mural project


Articulate curators Stefan & Jesse giving Baltimore mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake a walking tour of the murals


Baltimore mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake touring the murals

 

 

© Martha Cooper & 12ozProphet - Sunday November 25, 2012

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