“Cousins” public art project is conceived to echo the highest aspects of the Silver Spring community, combining an elegant, Eastern-inspired visual language with sayings from wisdom masters from a variety of ethnicities, religions, geographic regions and time periods. Fusing words representing the highest aspirations of humankind (taken from great humanists such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, the Buddha, etc.) with specially created paintings, Cousins is on 15 large, 8’ x 4.5’ art and text panels along the Kennett Street Art Wall, transforming the alley space into a huge art gallery, available to local denizens everyday. The panels provide quiet, surprising moments to be discovered (for free!) by people from all cultures while going through the motions of their normal day. This project would use South Silver Spring’s diversity as an asset by emphasizing not only the different cultures in the community, but also how they positively interrelate. 

Artist: Tom Block

Commissioned by the Montgomery County Public Arts Trust with support from the Silver Spring Urban District.

Cousins is located on the drive from the Kennett Street Garage to Eastern Avenue.


Off Eastern Ave at Kennett St Garage
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Nearby Restaurants & Dining

8040 13th St
(148 feet SE)
1115 East-West Hwy
(778 feet NE)
8012 Georgia Ave
(868 feet E)
7833 Eastern Ave
(877 feet SE)
8030B Georgia Ave
(883 feet NE)
7847 Eastern Ave
(893 feet SE)

Nearby Shopping and Services

7981 Eastern Ave
(253 feet NW)
8001 Newell St
(348 feet NW)
8045 Kennett St
(579 feet NE)

Nearby Parking

938 Philadelphia Ave
(0.2 miles NE)
8212 Colonial Ln
(0.4 miles NE)

Nearby VanGo Stops

(552 feet E)
(592 feet NE)

Nearby Public Transportation

8100 Fenton St
(0.4 miles NE)