Public artist Graham Coreil-Allen collaborates with neighbors to improve public space through placemaking projects for pedestrian safety and play. Designed with communtiy input and created with volunteer assistance, these iconic, bright crosswalk artworks enhance safety by creating more protected pedestrian space and drawing the attention of passing motorists to the pedestrians’ safety needs and right-of-way.
Project partners: Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Maryland Institute College of Art, Maryland Department of Transportation
Whitelock Street & Brookfield Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
Installation team: Graham Coreil-Allen, Q Batts, Vilde Ulset, Stephanie Baker, Iandry Randriamandroso, Ellie Burg, community volunteers
Seasonal Turn is a traffic calming intervention and street art installation enhancing pedestrian safety and representing the seasonal changes and diversity of Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill neighborhood. The artwork created three missing crosswalks within four curb extensions, or “bump outs” that slow down cars to improve pedestrian safety. Inspired by community input and selected through a public design process, its array of colors and angled lines conjure branches and roots, evoking the plant life of the adjacent Whitelock Farm and the ever growing strength of community life in Reservoir Hill.
Project partners: Baltimore Development Corporation, York Road Partnership, Loyola University, Baltimore City DOT
York Rd & Beaumont Ave, Baltimore, MD 21212
Installation team: Graham Coreil-Allen, Q Batts, Stephanie Baker, Mar Braxton, Equus Striping, community volunteers
The “Unity Tracks” art crosswalks and traffic calming bump outs improve safety for street crossing pedestrians while beautifying the corridor, celebrating local culture, and strengthening community connection to the adjacent Govans Farmers Market.
Friends of Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School
26th St. & St Paul St. + 26th St. & Calvert St., Baltimore, MD
June - September 2019
The Reverberations Crosswalks are pavement murals that enhance pedestrian safety for children and residents walking to and from Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School while celebrating the school’s art education focus. Located in central Baltimore along 26th Street and St. Paul Street, and 26th Street and Calvert Street, the artistic crosswalk features large scale icons in white representing the arts, love, and beauty, surrounded by reverberating outlines on top of a base layer of angled shapes in eye-catching colors, including turquoise, orange, lime green, and salmon red. The symbols and colors that make up the design are inspired by drawings created by students during a workshop held the school in June 2018 and installed with the help of local volunteers. The icons include a crayon, music note, book, paint brush, microphone, heart, and flower.
Collington Square Oak Wisdom Crosswalks & Street Pole Banners
Collington Square Neighborhood Association, City Life Community Builders, and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation
N Chester St & E Chase St, Baltimore, MD 21213
The Collington Square community of East Baltimore holds a 200+ year old Swamp White Oak tree as its symbol. The “Oak Wisdom” traffic calming art crosswalks and Collington Square Neighborhood Association street pole banners are inspired by looking up through those sanctuary leaves. For decades the adjacent active, elevated train tracks have served as a visual and psychological barrier between Collington Square and its neighbors closer to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The street pole banners elevate neighborhood identity by showcasing a positive symbol for the area - the beloved centuries-old tree that stands magnificently atop the hill in their local park. The art crosswalks and “bump outs” provide a welcome gateway to Collington Square while slowing down aggressive car traffic, improving street-crossing safety for its residents who rely on walking to get to school and work.
Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Eutaw and Lombard Streets, Baltimore, MD
The Monumental City is played by giants among many – the business person, the bird, the worker and you. Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus is an intersection of four oversized hopscotch-court-crosswalks, each featuring a quintessential Baltimore path-print. Featuring the shoe, the bird track, the boot and the footprint, the project is a monument to the people who populate the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District and make Baltimore The Greatest City in America.