Baltimore Makers Helped Mythbusters’ Host Create Sign for White House SXSL Conference

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sign making at Open Works for SXSL

The letters that formed the centerpiece at the White House’s SXSW-inspired South by South Lawn festival on Monday came directly from Baltimore.

On Sunday, Mythbusters’ Adam Savage joined a crew of local makers to get them ready for the “South Lawn” edition of Austin’s idea fest.

Standing about seven feet tall, the letters were cut using the new CNC equipment at Open Works in Station North. Then, they were taken to the Digital Harbor Foundation in Federal Hill for assembly and illumination.


On Sunday afternoon, Savage was joined by Jen Schachter, who is a familiar face around the Digital Harbor Foundation and is now a Robert W. Deutsch fellow at Open Works, as well as a crew of about 50 youth and community members at the Tech Center on Light Street.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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