Tour the public artwork of Silver Spring on a Summer monthly artwork that will kick-off on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30-8:00pm. Organized by the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, and Silver Spring Urban District, and Montgomery Planning Department, April’s tour will feature painted murals in Silver Spring.
Begin the evening with appetizers and a drink as you mingle and get to know your fellow tour-goers; then tour a different series of art each month. There is no cost for participating. Montgomery Planning will purchase limited appetizers for attendees, however drinks and and food should be purchased individually by attendees. Registration is limited to make the tour enjoyable for all participants.
April’s tour will feature painted murals in Silver Spring. Begin the evening with appetizers and a drink at TTT-Tacos, Tortas, & Tequila and discuss Neo Indigenous a mural created by New York graffiti artist and Mexican native Marka27.
Next the tour will proceed to Silver Spring’s most beloved artwork Penguin Rush Hour by artist Sallie Calmer at the Silver Spring Metro. The painted piece was restored by the Silver Spring Urban District and transferred onto a new more permanent medium by Montgomery County Government before reinstalling at the transit center.
The tour will coincide with the installation of Silver Spring’s newest piece Traincarmachameleon. Depending on the March/April temperatures, the piece should be mid-installation, and the stop will include an artist discussion about the intention of the piece as well as a behind the scenes glimpse at the process of creating a mural with artist Goodloe Byron. The mural is a public-private collaboration between the Silver Spring Urban District, Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, and Washington Property Company. A public call was issued for artists to submit concept proposals for a two-dimensional, outdoor, large-scale public art mural. The site faces the future location of a new residential building on Georgia Avenue and the new public transit/light rail Purple Line. Artists were requested to submit designs which visually activated the length of the wall and conveyed a sense of movement and whimsy. A panel reviewed all of the entries, and narrowed the selections down to three finalists. The three final designs were displayed on silversprindowntown.com and almost 3500 unique votes came in to select Goodloe Byron’s Traincarmachameleon.
The tour will continue with mural stops throughout Fenton Village along the Georgia Avenue corridor. Discussions will include information about the history of the pieces, but also about the impact of public art on community revitalization and the technical differences between painted murals and other genres of public art.
5:30-6:00pm Gather and catch a bite at TTT, 2nd floor
6:00-8:00pm Artwork discussion and tour in Silver Spring