Global warming affecting Baltimore! Many days this month the weather was more spring-like than early winter-like, and so art in public spaces bloomed all around the city much like an unexpected bumper crop of spring flowers
Section 1 Project was quite prolific this month. Three large-scale murals went up at their Creative Labs in the Clipper Mill Industrial Park. The first mural, a collaboration between Pablo Machioli and Argentinian artist Federico Segatori, headlined Section 1’s cultural exchange program Roots/Raices – an event that explored the cultural identities that shape our urban communities. Alongside the building facing the Light Rail tracks, Nether created the second mural which he named The Guardians. And, toward the end of August, Section 1 Executive Director Richard Best started work on the third mural. It will feature a new 3D painting technique.
Graffiti writers and street artists make use of concrete space in a wide variety of places around Baltimore. Now that the vegetation has died back during the winter, Charm City Streets recently revisited Gwynn Falls in Southwest Baltimore. This area is a bit off the beaten path, so much of the artwork is historic.
This edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets covers the first three months of 2014. In Southwest Baltimore (Sowebo), Gaia painted a mural of Nelson Mandela as part of the worldwide arts project Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga. To Create, To See, To Learn seeks to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Rwanda, to foster positive relationships between those living with HIV/AIDS and their communities, and to support the efforts of healthcare providers.