PROJECT TYPE: Public Art, Urban Plaza Design
LOCATION: Baltimore, Maryland
Concept design, invited proposal as short-listed artist team for Baltimore's Public Art-in-Transit Red Line Project
Graham Coreil-Allen of Graham Projects
The project combines large, brightly lit iconic symbols with colorful walkways leading transit users from the Red Line station mezzanine towards their neighborhood’s most significant sites. The inspiration for Poppleton Paths came from our experience walking the neighborhood and seeing embedded footprints and handwriting in patched and newly-poured concrete sidewalks. Deliberately made by residents over the decades, the acts of physically marking the ground traces personal histories of place. It is with that intention that we want to represent the movement of people from the Poppleton station to meaningful neighborhood locations.
Poppleton Paths is a visually striking, walkable map that accomplishes three goals: embraces community-based symbolism, highlights pedestrian movement through color and references the local watershed with integrated drainage structures.