Martha Cooper Photographs Articulate Baltimore Public Art Project

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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 Street.

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.

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

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

Text and Photo: Martha Cooper

 

 

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