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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 is a sampling of the projects undertaken this year:

Conway and Prince George’s Avenues

Muralist Michael Kirby painted a mural on the poured concrete retaining wall which faces New Hampshire Avenue at the corner of Conway and Prince George’s Avenues.  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. The mural’s design was accepted by the City in August 2016, following an onsite meeting with community members.  Work on the mural  began in the fall and was completed in 2017.

Budget: $20,000

Erie and Flower Avenues

Artists David Shulman and Howard Connelly collaborated 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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