Open Walls returns with fresh murals for Station North

The walls of Station North — already home to towering geometric designs, assorted jungle cats and one giant dove — are set to get even more colorful in the coming weeks as Baltimore street artist Gaia reprises his popular mural project.

Artists began work on the newest murals Sunday. The Open Walls Project 2 will run until June.

In 2012, Gaia, an alumnus of the Maryland Institute College of Art, and collaborators from across the globe launched the Open Walls Project, installing roughly 15 building-sized murals through out Station North.

This year, the project has recruited more national and international mural artists as well as live performers. The Urban Playground group, a British parkour team, will take over the plaza in front of Penn Station for a series of performances between now and June.

Open Walls again has the cooperation of the city and was funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and PNC Bank. Home Deport, DAP and Sherwin Williams have also been added as sponsors. Handling the logistics and the budget, Ben Stone, the executive director of Station North Arts & Entertainment Inc., and project manager Rebecca Chan also driving forces behind Open Walls.

Open Walls kicks off with a launch celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St.

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