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Baltimore’s Open Walls project has brought muralists from as far as South Africa and Spain (though not very many women…) to decorate walls and facades all over Baltimore. One of my favorite so far is the brand new Love Letter Baltimore by Brooklyn painter Steve  Powers.

Here’s how Powers describes the piece on his Instagram page:

Miss Johnson couldnt fathom why we’d paint this block of rowhomes that are slated for demolition this month. I told her if it lasts a day it will last forever. She then told us about Tanya, who set a fire in her house that killed her 6 kids and herself. That house happens to be the T in Together. So, sad as it is, what we painted works for this community on at least 2 levels.

The block of vacant houses is scheduled for demolition soon–they’ll be replaced by a park. “For once I cant wait until my work is taken down,” Powers wrote.

6 replies on “Baltimore’s Best New Mural”

  1. Happy to hear that you like Open Walls, but ESPO and this mural are not part of that project. It’s a separate, City-managed, project. You can find information on Open Walls at

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