Opening reception, Saturday, April 12, 6-9:30pm
FREE ADMISSION THIS NIGHT
Top of the World Observation Level - World Trade Center-Baltimore
March 29 – June 8, 2008
8:00pm (a five sided improvisational musical piece organized by Geoff Grace and performed by Nick Barna, Jay DiLisio, Eric Franklin, Geoff Grace, Twig Harper, Yutaka Houlette, Marc Miller, Jared Paolini, Carly Ptak, and Jason Willet
Sam Christian Holmes
C. Ryan Patterson
Craig & David Purcell
Curated by Gary Kachadourian
387 Feet Above is exhibition of new works that involve mapping Baltimore using views from the Top of the World observation deck. The artists have made works that are installed on panels on the perimeter rails of the space.
Baltimore's Festival of Maps is a citywide event from March to June 2008 featuring unique exhibitions and public programs that celebrate maps throughout history - from the artistic to the scientific, from the ancient to the contemporary.
The visitor to the Top of the World Observation Level will see breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of Charm City, 387 feet above the Inner Harbor. Located in the world’s tallest pentagonal building, the World Trade Center-Baltimore, visitors will be impressed, inspired and engaged by a bird’s eye view of one of America’s greatest cities. Learn about Local Landmarks that have created the dramatic skyline, Famous Firsts that have helped build the city, historic events that have shaped a nation and the vibrant people, cultures and communities that have contributed richly to the arts, science and rich historic lore.
Kini Collins’ painting uses words and phrases she overheard when she would walk her dog in the area of President and Lombard streets.
Chas. Foster’s work places two electric toy bulldozers and objects collected on and around East Baltimore Street in a display case. Visitors can push around these signs of life, very much like the current construction and redevelopment going on outside the window.
Brian Garner’s piece presents recordings of strangers describing how they travel from the entrance of the World Trade Center to their homes.
may we all make it home safely
Geoff Grace places a drawing of two bare feet on his panel floating 387 feet above the ground below.
Sam Christian Holmes
Bag, Bird, Can
Sam Christian Holmes has collected objects from the west Baltimore landscape and animated or re-envisioned them so that the viewer can define each object and where it came from.
Baltimore’s Cleaner Greener Inner Harbor Adventure Park
Based on an infrared satellite image of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, this plan-view piece is intended to heighten awareness of our urban green spaces, and envisions an ecological theme park for the harbor.
After Sun Tzu (On the Art of War)
Lisa Lewenz presents the third stanza of the U.S. National Anthem, conceived and written by Francis Scott Key in several nearby locations. By highlighting these related sites, essential questions are raised about patriotism, the fragility of memory and the persistence of war.
Baltimore Memory Map
Val Lucas’ acrylic on carved wood piece reconstructs a personal view of the city through memories of journeys and time spent living in Baltimore. The overall map reflects the areas that are part of her experience, leaving blank the areas where she never goes.
C. Ryan Patterson
Flight Plan: the urban environments effect on wind patterns in the City
C. Ryan Patterson presents a review of urban kite flying possibilities directly below the site.
Craig Purcell & David Purcell
Harbor Edge Regeneration - Mapping the Future
This map is a dialogue between father and son passing on the on the craft of retail mixed use urban design on the water at a scale more vigorous and more sensitive than their hometown of Annapolis. Baltimore is a place of possibility and first of the US cities to regenerate from a decaying industrial edge to the next generation development form in process of being determined. The interface between solidity of the land and the fluidity of the water is the magic zone and place to be.
Lynn Silverman’s pair of photographs document the opposition of the sun and shadows with the building being the center point.
Rachel Valsing builds a station for seeing and recording, the viewer can use tools such as glasses with narrow vision along with pads and paper to help them accurately record the view.
Visual Arts and Arts & Humanities Grants Coordinator
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21202