Today's interconnected world of instant communication and sharing offers unprecedented potential for collaboration between artists on a truly global scale. As a result of one Instagram post, I was invited by an international street artist Escif of Valencia, Spain to contribute to his upcoming book that will present a retrospective of the artist's work to date. I feel very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to another artist's work halfway across the world – all as a result of documenting one of Escif's colourful murals in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District. With Baltimore's unprecedentedly cold winter as the stage setting, the cheerful mural stood out even more against the backdrop of Charm City. The photograph is also part of my recent "Baltimore Undercover" photo series documenting the first snowfall in Charles Village.
A series of similar colourful murals has enlivened many public spaces, stimulated community revitalization and national dialogue, and attracted new visitors and investors to Station North. These mural sites were selected to challenge artists to tell the story of legacy and revitalization in this central Baltimore neighborhood, which is experiencing renewed vibrancy through the arts. Both editions of the Open Walls Baltimore (OWB) project are now available for your viewing pleasure through Google Cultural Institute: OWB 1 + OWB 2. Or, better yet, come to Baltimore and see it for yourself! To see more of Escif's work, you can visit his website or get a copy of his new book.