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Prince Georges & Conway Avenue Mural Design Process

Design Process

These designs by artist Michael Kirby explore a fantastical realm of what might exist below the ground and behind the retaining wall where the mural is to be painted. The concepts were developed after conversations with neighbors revealed two central themes: Takoma Park’s connection to nature and the large number of children and families moving into the Forest Park neighborhood.

Approved Design

August 2016 – The City formally accepted the artist’s revised concept drawings, presented before the community on Wednesday, August 3, with the following understanding:

  • Residents may propose, for incorporation as “Easter eggs” scattered throughout the mural, icons that represent aspects of the neighborhood and the community that may not be depicted in the overall design (examples of possible images include other animals, roster or a bicycle).
  • Consideration will be given to replacing the mole that is currently depicted in the young boy’s lap with another animal.

Select any of the thumbnails above for a detailed look.

Round 2 Concepts

July 2016 – The illustrations below reflect an underground world, inspired by Alice in Wonderland. It is a fantastical world where children play among the roots and creatures underground. Just as Alice grew when she ate the “Eat Me” cake, these children are also large. They will be visible from New Hampshire Avenue.

Color panorama of full mural concept.
Color scheme for mural.
Drawing of revised mural concept.
Revised mural concept.

Select any of the thumbnails above for a detailed look at concepts.

Round 1 Concepts

Select any of the thumbnails above for a detailed look at concepts.

June 2016 – The design with columns is an architectural tromp l’oiel, filling the eye of the viewer.

The design with various roots is a more realistic view of the area, with imaginary characters intersperse within. The columns would likely be a part of the root scene, reflecting a Jumanji-like world of nature over taking the human world.

Concept drawing for Prince Georges and Conway mural: Mural scene of roots and the underworld
Concept drawing for Prince Georges and Conway mural: Mural scene of roots and the underworld

In the underground fantasy world of what lies beneath our feet, the mural would feature children exploring the space, interspersed with creatures based off of living animals in the area. The creatures and characters would be quite small in proportion to height of the mural.

The color scheme is naturalistic, predominantly greens and browns.

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