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Baltimore-made art to be displayed on White House lawn

A Baltimore-made art installation will be the centerpiece at the White House South by South Lawn festival.

A Baltimore-made work of art will be headed for the White House Monday.

On Sunday, “Mythbusters” co-host Adam Savage, Robert W. Deutsch Fellow Jen Schachter and youth from the Digital Harbor Foundation will put the finishing touches on a 7-foot custom-made interactive art installation before sending it off to be displayed on the South by South Lawn festival Monday, the White House confirmed.

The light installation, which will read "SXSL" in large LED-lit letters reminiscent of the famous “Hollywood” sign, will serve as an interactive centerpiece that can be manipulated by social media users at the White House Festival of Ideas, Art and Action, Schachter said.

The festival was inspired by President Barack Obama's visit to the South by Southwest festival in Austin earlier this year, according to the White House website.

Schachter, who along with the Digital Harbor Foundation was recruited by Savage, said she has spent the past two weeks working at Station North makerspace Open Works to fabricate the sign.

"It's been long hours and a lot of prototyping and sending diagrams and working with the team at the White House and Adam Savage," she said.

"It's a big collaborative effort, definitely."

The project is still in its building stage, Schachter said, but she plans to finish the piece Saturday.

She will move its pieces to Digital Harbor Foundation facilities Sunday morning, where its members will assemble and add the electronic components to the installation before loading it onto a 15-foot truck.

Monday, Savage will drive the finished letters to the White House.

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