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Mural at Conway and Prince George’s Avenues

About the Mural

Muralist Michael Kirby has been selected to paint a mural on the poured concrete retaining wall in the City-owned right-of-way at 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.  Non toxic silicate potassium paint is being 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.

The mural is an exploration of the 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.

Current Project Status

The mural’s design was accepted by the City in August, following an onsite meeting with community members. Work on the mural began this fall and is expected to be completed in June. Members of the community will be invited to help with the painting of the mural later this spring.

As work progresses, residents are encouraged to stop by and suggest icons that represent specific or unique aspects of the neighborhood or the community. Images of these icons would be incorporated into the mural to the extent possible. Examples of possible icons include other animals, a peace sign, the nuclear free symbol, a roster or a bicycle. These hidden “Easter Eggs” would be scattered throughout the mural.

Click on the thumbnail photo to see enlarge the image.

Additional information on the design process is available online.

Project Lead & Contact Info

Sara Anne Daines
Housing and Community Development Director
Phone: 301-891-72224
Email: SaraD@takomaparkmd.gov

Mural Details

Project Info & Timeline

Budget & Funding Source

Budget: $20,000
Funding Source: City of Takoma Park FY16 budget

Links & Notes

The Design Process

Ordinance #2016-01 Awarding Contract for Conway and Prince George’s Avenues Public Art Project 

Council Voting Session – January 13, 2016

Muralist Michael Kirby Website

Location of the mural:

Location of Michael Kirby Mural
Location of Michael Kirby Mural
Photo of Wall for Mural at Conway & Prince Georges
Photo of Wall for Mural at Conway & Prince Georges

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