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Public Art

The City of Takoma Park’s Public Art Initiative is bringing murals, sculptures and more to a street near you! We’ve budgeted $25,000 to $45,000 per year and will be commissioning at least one piece of art per year anticipated over the next five years.

The following projects are planned over the next year:

Conway and Prince George’s Avenues

Muralist Michael Kirby has been selected to paint a mural on the poured concrete retaining wall.  The entire wall is approximately 253-feet-long, and its height ranges from 1-foot-tall at the shortest section to 9-feet-tall at the tallest section.  Non toxic silicate potassium paint will be used; the pigments (natural earth oxides) used in this type of paint are lightfast, and the paint is not affected by air pollution or acid rain. Murals painted with potassium silicate paint in the late 1800s in Germany and Switzerland have survived handsomely to the present day.

View design concepts online and at the Community Center through July 1.

Budget: $20,000

Erie and Flower Avenues

Artists David Shulman and Howard Connelly are collaborating on an interactive sculpture for this space, titled Bird Calls.

Bird Calls hot-wires a derelict pay phone on the site, using a combination of audio and sculptural elements to create a whimsical, interactive public art experience. When curious visitors pick up the handset and press one of the  buttons, they’ll hear audio of different birds that make Takoma Park their home. Dial ‘5’ and you hear a rooster (in homage to Takoma Park’s legendary Roscoe, and the backyard chickens that now have followed). Dial ‘7’ and hear a Pileated Woodpecker. Dial ‘1’ and hear a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron — a dramatic, and regionally uncommon bird which has a nesting colony in nearby Sligo Creek.

Budget: $5,000

Artist Howard Connelly (in orange) unveils his sculpture at the intersection of Flower Avenue and Piney Branch Road in the spring of 2014.

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