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Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson is a contributing editor with Architect magazine. Her writing has appeared in Metropolis, Conde Nast Traveler, the New York Times Magazine, and Slate, among others. She writes from her home in Baltimore.

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Street artist Maya Hayuk, working her magic in the clear light of day (Photo: Martha Cooper)

The artist Gaia puts up the first installation in what he calls "a museum for street art." (Photo by Martha Cooper.)

Street artists from around the world are descending on Baltimore this spring to take part in an ambitious — and totally legal — exhibition, producing murals for an event designed to bring new life to a transitional neighborhood.

Launched this month and running through the end of May, Open Walls Baltimore is the city’s first officially sanctioned street art exhibition. Twenty walls throughout the Station North Arts and Entertainment District will serve as backdrops for murals that will be created over the course of several weeks. The walls to be painted are a mix of both private homes and commercial buildings, and represent both occupied and vacant structures. “It’s a museum for street art,” says the artist Gaia, who is curating the event.

Gaia put up the first mural earlier this month — an oversized carrier pigeon adorning an empty building at a major intersection in Station North. With its ample warehouse space, cheap rent, and proximity to the city’s train stat... Read more

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