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Gallery walls: Cities embrace street art as a ticket to success

Gallery walls: Cities embrace street art as a ticket to success

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 fi...

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