Occupy anniversary to be marked with downtown art installation

A local artists collective will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the start of the national Occupy movement by recapping the movement’s high points with a light installation in downtown Baltimore Monday night.

The national movement is believed to have started with Occupy Wall Street protests in New York on Sept. 17, 2011.

The local artists' group, Greenpants, emerged out of the Occupy Baltimore movement with the goal of using art as a means of informing the public on topics such as local social and demographic history, the displacement of certain populations within Baltimore in recent years and social inequality in a broad sense, according to the group.

On Sunday, the group used a light projector to shine "99%" on the side of the World Trade Center Baltimore. The Occupy movement has championed the idea that financial interests of the wealthiest 1 percent of people in the United States are prioritized over the interests of the rest of the nation’s population.

The light installation on Monday night will occur at the BrickHaus Art Space at 2602 Greenmount Ave. in the city's Harwood neighborhood at 9 p.m., the group said.

It will "provide a visual celebration and reminder of what [the Occupy] movement is," the group said.



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