A mural at Oriole Legends Park painted by artists Ernest Shaw, Christopher Batten and Gaia. Screenshot from video by Baltimore Orioles.

Artist Ernest Shaw says murals can emanate great power, particularly the ability to shape how young people see the world.

Shaw is one of the artists who were commissioned to paint murals for Oriole Park at Camden Yards as part of the “Birdland Murals” series.

Shaw worked with fellow artists Christopher Batten and Andrew Pisacane, who paints under the name Gaia, to create a mural showcasing the history of the Negro baseball leagues in the region, including in Baltimore.

The mural is located in the Orioles Legends Park and features Black baseball legends, including Hall of Fame members Roy Campanella, Biz Mackey, and Jud Wilson, as well as Maryland native Ernest Burke.

Hear Shaw and Batten talk about their art in this video by the Baltimore Orioles:

Baltimore Public Markets also commissioned Shaw to paint four murals for the renovated Lexington Market Plaza.

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...