Artist Richard Best and his nonprofit group are working to revamp several acres under the Jones Falls Expressway into the world’s largest urban art park. The Section 1 Art Park, as it’s called, will have 60,000 square feet of wall space for artists, an amphitheater for live outdoor performances, a skatepark, an art supplies store, and more.
The proposed location is ideal, as it is smack in the middle of Baltimore’s renowned Station North Arts & Entertainment District … home to Artscape and the Open Walls Baltimore 2012 and 2014 Mural Projects. The plan calls for Section 1 to curate and foster the best artwork … akin to how the Bushwick Collective operates in Brooklyn or how the Wynwood Arts District functions in Miami. Richard has the backing and support of property developers, the nearby Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), and countless Baltimore artists.
Richard and the Section 1 board of directors anticipate inaugurating this unique urban art park by late summer 2015.
I spent two days exploring all the artwork under the expressway. Here are the images from my first visit.
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