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‘Welcome to Towson’ featured on new public mural; more artwork could be coming

‘Welcome to Towson’ featured on new public mural; more artwork could be coming
A mural welcoming visitors to Towson painted at the intersection of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. (Courtesy Photo/David Riley)

Towson-area officials on Friday celebrated the completion of a public mural at the intersection of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The mural, which says “Welcome to Towson” in bright, big letters, includes a half-dozen images inside the word “Towson,” including the Towson University and Goucher College mascots, a crab, the Maryland flag and black-eyed Susans.

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“It not only welcomes visitors to downtown Towson, but it also commemorates the things that make Towson very special, including our universities and our history,” said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who represents the Towson area.

About $6,000 was raised to fund the mural, all from private donations, Marks said. The project was handled by the relatively new Towson Creative Partnership, a group co-chaired by Knollwood resident David Riley and Greenbrier artist Amy Redondo, who painted the mural.

The work was completed within three weeks starting in mid-July. An original rendering of the mural showed symbols invoking the Orioles and the Ravens, as well as Mr. Boh, the National Bohemian beer mascot. But the design changed after some public feedback, said Nancy Hafford, director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce.

Riley said that now that the first mural is complete, he’ll be looking for other businesses to “step up” and donate a wall for more public art.

“Art touches people, it gives them a sense of place, and there are so many things to be proud of,” Hafford said.

The chamber has put in an application for a $60,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Program, Hafford said, adding that the grant would enable the chamber to support many more art projects "in the heart of Towson.”

Marks said the mural will become a place where people stop and take pictures, and then post those pictures online, garnering a wider interest in Towson through social media.

Hafford and Riley both said more public art projects were in the works. The chamber and the creative partnership are working to secure artists and funding to bring art to utility boxes (“so they’re not just green and plain,” Hafford said) and flower planters around downtown Towson.

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