Stephen Powers Brings Popular Project to Baltimore
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the City of Baltimore, Baltimore Housing and Baltimore Development Corporation is excited to announce “Love Letter to Baltimore,” a series of large-scale murals from nationally-renowned artist Stephen Powers. Throughout September, Powers installs several projects, both permanent and temporary, in the city’s Southwest and East Baltimore communities. Each of the “Love Letter” sites is concentrated around high-traffic transportation corridors, visible to people on the street as well as travelers and commuters passing through Baltimore by car or train. The first project location is the Fitch Company (Fitch Co.) Building at 2201 Russell Street. Additional sites will be announced.
“Fitch Co. had a dream and a belief that something beautiful could be done [to our building] to welcome people to our wonderful city. We are excited and grateful to be part of this project,” said Lynne Kirsner, owner of the Fitch Company.
In addition to the “Love Letter” project, Powers opens a temporary storefront, ICY Signs, at 224 N. Paca Street, located in the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. ICY Signs will produce free, hand painted signs for local businesses and will also offer a limited number of workshops to community members. The area business owners in need of a sign should send contact information to email@example.com.
Powers returns to Baltimore having already completed the “Forever Together” mural earlier in the summer. The temporary project is located at Eager Street and Milton Avenue.
Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Powers is a painter and language artist who has been making public art since 2003. In collaboration with the public art organization Creative Time, Powers brought more than 40 artists to Coney Island to revitalize fading and dilapidated signage in 2004. In 2009, he returned to his hometown, where he painted a series of 50 murals along the Market Street SEPTA line. Recently, Powers wrote a love letter to Downtown Brooklyn and ran a storefront producing free signage for that neighborhood. In his public work, Powers aims to develop relationships with members of the community that feed directly into the words and images that end up on the walls. These relationships range from the formal to the casual, but always result in genuine contributions (if not consensus) from community members.
For more information about “Love Letter to Baltimore,” call 410-752-8632 or visit www.promotionandarts.org.
Source: Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts