station north murals
Station North, one of Baltimore’s more artistically inclined neighborhoods, is home to many murals thanks to the Open Walls Baltimore project. I’ve often walked, biked and driven past new murals, after having been certain I’d already seen them all. A few weeks ago, a friend and I decided to walk around the neighborhood and have an ‘outdoor museum day’ to find every mural once and for all.
I’ve credited only the murals of artists I knew, or those who signed their murals and whose signatures I actually wrote down. If you know of any artists whose murals are not accredited in here, please write their names in the comments and I’ll rectify it ASAP!
Maya Hayuk used abstract patterns and a mix of warm and cool colors to brighten this otherwise regular parking lot.
I love the subtlety of the colors in this mural by Freddy Sam, and the way the details come together in a painterly fashion.
This two-part mural (with one part on a large metal container and the other on a brick wall) makes really interesting use of dimensionality, as it looks different as you walk around it. It also makes for a great backdrop behind the YNOT lot stage (pictured here where people are sitting and leaning).
I’ve heard this is the largest portrait mural in the US. Can anyone confirm or contest that? I’m also pretty sure this one is of a businessman/owner local to this neighborhood, though I’ve heard others say he’s a more International political figure. Again–confirm or deny?
This mural makes a really interesting play on the relationship between 2D and 3D vision, by mixing flat lines with a figure whose visual treatment mimics that of images built for 3D glasses/vision. To take it one step further, there is additional juxtaposition in the fact that the painting itself is 2D, whereas its host, a building, is made of various dimensions.
Indeed it does look better now!
Always a fan of Gaia’s! The surreal feel of this mural brings abstraction and realism together by juxtaposing seemingly unrelated subjects to create a dream-like landscape.
Another interesting take on surrealism in murals, this one by Nanook.
This one’s a little tough to see (and tough to photograph), but the elongated letters in this building-top mural nicely combine modern and urban with calligraphy.
Josh Van Horne re-purposed QR codes to transform them into beautiful objects whose purpose is now visual rather than practical. I love how he has managed to bring a symbol of the digital into the real world, and allowed it to occupy a physical space.
I’m always a sucker for black and white (or in this case beige) illustrations. Mural by Stain Mode.
The color palette on this mural is quite stunning, and one that I’ll save for future projects!
This bright, colorful, graffitied wall is in many ways completely different from the monotone, subtler portrait mural behind it, and yet the two compliment each other to create a dynamic stretch out of the block.
This one’s very picasso-esque!
This optical-illusion-esque mural is both striking and humongous, but it’s a pity it’s been sandwiched into such a narrow area, as it makes it harder to fully take in and enjoy.
A two-part mural which, I’m guessing, has something to do with Astrology. Either way, I like the color palette made of various tones of dark blues, with a few warmer colors to contrast on top.
A rather unique mural in that it makes use of its environment to incorporate physical objects, transforming it from a painting/mural to a hybrid sculpture.
Do all murals need to be painted? I think not!
Mural by Michael Owen.
This park makes use of all its surfaces–from walls to floors–to turn the entire space into a mural. This one, by Dr. Bob Hieronimus is called ‘We The People’.
And this beautifully colorful floor mural is by Jessie and Katie.
We somehow kept walking and walking until we ended up in the Easter Islands.
Just kidding… And this joke’s probably been made a hundred times by now.
This muralist, Decertor, made really clever use of these two neighboring walls to create a mini-me version of his large mural right beside it.
I’m really fond of the color palette used in this mural, as well as the quality of the brush-strokes. It seems like it could work really well on digital platforms too.
One of our favorites around town: A beautiful, subtle monochromatic painting by Michael Owen which uses tone to portray a gentle scene.
We then made our way over to Graffiti Alley, an alley which is open to anyone to graffiti over, and is therefore an ever-changing communal work of art.
And right around the corner from Graffiti Alley is a mural which takes on a comic-book-sci-fi abstracted quality, and is split into a variety of panels to create a look reminiscent of a series of large hung paintings.
Seeing as Station North is such a hub for creativity, it’s natural that our outdoor museum day extended beyond mural-watching. We also came across a hand-made mosaic sign for a park.
And a car that had been painted with a bright triangular pattern.
And some powerful political street art, which protests police brutality and calls out street harassment culture.
And while this last one isn’t quite a mural, I always love passing by the wall outside this old bar/club.