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September 23, 2019 Art

Baltimore Ave Mural bright colors

Installation brightens empty storefront on block soon to make way for new city hall.

By Dan Novak M. Jour. '20 | Maryland Today

What could have been a darkened storefront at the corner of Knox Road and Baltimore Avenue has become a very public canvas for local painters.

The latest installation by the art collective Living Artists and Co. sits behind the windows at the old MyCellPhoneRepair location. The six 4-by-8-foot murals painted on wooden panels together celebrate sustainability and art in the community.  

“Rather than fill the space with a short-term tenant and avoid having a boarded-up storefront, we thought it would make it more interesting and dynamic to add public art for a short-term basis,” said Katherine Gerbes, development manager for the Terrapin Development Company (TDC), a venture supporting the $2 billion revitalization of Greater College Park.

The murals will remain on display until the block is demolished to make way for College Park’s new city hall. The project, a joint venture between the city of College Park and TDC, will have two floors dedicated to City Hall, two floors for UMD office space, ground-floor retail and a large public plaza. 

Living Artists organized the installation in collaboration with the Terrapin Development Company by commissioning the murals.

Read more in Maryland Today.