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Cochran Studio has worked closely with the Maryland Transit Administration and community stakeholders to develop an elevated public artwork for West Baltimore. The studio's design and public participation plan won a major Transportation Enhancement Project grant in 2012. The artwork runs through West Baltimore neighborhoods that were damaged when the "Highway to Nowhere" was constructed in the late seventies, bringing economic ruin, population loss and crime. The community and the MTA hope the artwork will become a landmark that helps foster neighborhood reconection and revitalization.

On special streamlined light poles a dozen sculptural installations of colorful art glass will be installed high above the West Baltimore MARC Station parking lots to catch the light, day and night. Each connects to one of twelve artistic marker stones set in brick columns along Franklin, Mulberry, and Payson Streets. The marker stones honor stories of strength from West Baltimore gathered from community historians and the community itself. The 12 sculptures and plaques are titled The Shining Dark. The artwork pays tribute to West Baltimore by reclaiming histories of the community, true accounts of individuals, groups, or events that exemplified the highest character of these neighborhoods. The artist will create the artwork using narratives, personal histories and kinetic brushstrokes gathered from area residents in collaboration with Baltimore Heritage and the MTA.

       

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