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Alley Walk Opening! Sunday May 23 2-6pm

Please come to our 2nd Alley Walk on Sunday, May 23  from 2-pm to see new artworks transforming the alley!

Projects are located in the alley behind the 2000, 2100 and 2200 blocks of N.Calvert Street, 21218.

New works by the following artists:

Axis Alley would like to thank the  the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative  for their generous support funded by the Anne E. Casey Foundation. The continued presence of artists and artworks though the spring has been made possible with their Central Baltimore Community Initiatives Grant.

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things are still happening in the alley…

the sanitation department finaly showed up, thanks to a mayors office person

and our trash pile is gone.cleanincrewcleanin

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homeless sanitation workers – alley cleaning!

lots of cleaning happened last weekend.  the sanitation department did not follow thru on clean up despite a month and half of request(go 311), so in addition to artists , i hired some of the neighborhood homeless to help.

funny, funnysad moment was when the police came , thinking we were illegal dumpers. how ironic is it to almost get arrested for hiring homeless people to clean the city?!policeDSCN0797

the 2100 block, the worst of the three is really transforming- now if the city just comes and gets that giant pile of trash we put beneath the tree before the 18th….

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Vacant: Activating Baltimore Alleys through Creative Action

Axis Alley seeks through creative engagement to utilize the backyards of vacant properties and vacant lots as a  canvas for creative works that transform, activate and revitalize the overlooked, under-attended areas of Baltimore’s back alleys. In neighborhoods where the vacancy rate of properties runs high, the alley seems to become the indicator of urban difficulties…trash, rats, homeless people, prostitution and drugs. These somewhat forbidding alley’s (dark and unlit at night),while speaking of endemic problems in the city, posess a certain toxic beauty and  provide a fascinating possibility of urban intervention and creative gesture.

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Recent project while waiting for approval…

My studio is in between Hargrove Alley and the proposed N.Calvert street alley. My neighbor on the Hargrove side bought the property just in front of me, and since he does really nice rehabs, he threw out a perfectly salvalgable backyard fence which i , in fact, salvaged.

One of my neighbors on the calvert alley, had a back yard in need of help. Turns out they were getting a lot of tickets from the city, and were happy to have me oddly approach them with the offer of a free fence, professionally installed…that came painted with a picture of two dancing rats and christopher robin on it. They were especially happy with the picture.

After a preliminary clean up, one of the occupants worked with me this last weekend and we installed their new fence.

Below are before and after shots.

before

It was hot, hard work (especially removing the old     posts and concrete footings), but well worth it.

after

Many neighbors have reacted very positively to the change and it feels good to re-purpose the fence.

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