Event Pick: The launch of Nonument 01, an app that virtually resurrects the erased McKeldin Fountain

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Thanks to a visionary team of artists, developers and architects, the Brutalist fountain that dominated the Inner Harbor’s McKeldin Plaza for more than three decades is back—so long as you have the app.

Nonument 01 was designed to let users see the unconventional (not to mention, divisive) piece of architecture that was demolished in fall of 2016, a change pushed by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Before it was torn down, the McKeldin Fountain set the scene for countless protests and welcomed those who wanted to dip their feet or make a wish with a coin. In addition to offering an augmented reality view utilizing your phone or tablet’s camera, the app also has 18 video interviews with protesters, musicians, an ice skater and others with fond memories to share.

The app is already available for download, but its creators are activating it today with an official launch. There will be live music, with performers including local rapper DDm, performance artists from Labbodies and Erik Spangler, who composed the music for the app, and an appearance from ACLU senior staff attorney David Rocah, who helped to designate the space a “safe protest zone.”

Afterward, you can head over to Maryland Art Place for an accompanying exhibition, starting at 5 p.m.

1-4 p.m. 101 E. Pratt St., For more info, download the app or go to nonument01.org, free.

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Ethan McLeod

Senior Editor at Baltimore Fishbowl
Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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