Client: Live Baltimore
Location: Baltimore, MD, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $20,000
The Reverberations Crosswalks are intersection murals that enhance pedestrian safety for children and residents walking to and from Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School while celebrating the school’s art education focus.
The Reverberations Crosswalks #2 is a pavement mural that enhances pedestrian safety for children and residents walking to and from Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School while celebrating the school’s art education focus. Located at 26th and Calvert Streets in central Baltimore, the artistic crosswalk features large scale icons in white representing the arts, love, and beauty, surrounded by reverberating outlines on top of a base layer of angled shapes in eye-catching colors, including turquoise, orange, lime green, and salmon red. The symbols and colors that make up the design are inspired by drawings created by students during a workshop held the school in June 2018 and installed with the help of local volunteers. The icons include a crayon, music note, book, paint brush, microphone, heart, and flower.
Graham Projects worked closely with the Friends of Margaret Brent, Live Baltimore, Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School, the Harwood Community Association, the Charles Village Civic Association, and Baltimore City Department of Transportation (DOT) to design, approve, and install the public artwork. In facilitating a community-based design process, Graham Projects co-led a drawing workshop with students to generate visual themes that were integrated into three designs proposed to community members at several public meetings. The Reverberations design was selected based on community feedback and votes tallied.
In the wake of an unexpected wall collapse on the adjacent block, Graham Projects collaborated with the Charles Village Civic Association to effectively advocate for DOT to construct safety-enhancing, poured-concrete bumpouts on all four corners of the intersection as part of the larger wall reconstruction project. The colorful, art-filled bumpouts enhance safety by attracting pedestrians to activate their street crossing and drawing the attention of passing motorists to the pedestrians’ safety needs and right-of-way.