New Mural Completed on Apartment Building in Hollins Market

| September 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hollins Market resident Patrick Harnett has completed his second outdoor mural in his neighborhood. His newest mural, “Everything Starts as Somebody’s Daydream,” was painted on the courtyard wall at 1100 Hollins St., a seven-unit apartment building with a first-floor retail space for Umri Siki New Day Gallery.

Harnett was contacted by building owner Robert Meyer to commission the mural. Though the mural is in a private space, the top of it can be seen from Arlington St. Pedestrians can also look through the gated courtyard door to get a closer look.

At the direction of Meyer, the mural is a forest scene, however Harnett made sure to add touches of SoWeBo. A skyline in the background shows the Hollins Market Head House, B&O Railroad, typical Hollins Market rowhomes, and the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum. A tiny Edgar Allen Poe can also be seen outside the home. Harnett additionally made a small image of local “favorite” mailman William McRae on the mural.

The main feature of the piece is a young girl reading a book while sitting up against a black bear. “It’s about daydreaming and thinking about your future,” said Harnett. “I wanted it to be an inspiration for the kids here and for them to see that they have more opportunity.”

The mural also features trees with crown shyness, a phenomenon observed in some tree species where they do not touch each other when fully grown.

“I’m very happy to add this to the neighborhood and I hope to do more murals,” said Harnett. “I think it adds to the neighborhood and gives people a sense of pride.”

The mural will be celebrated on Saturday at a gathering from 5pm to 7pm. All neighbors are invited to stop by for hot dogs and burgers. Harnett said the after party will be at the newly-opened Back Yard Baltimore, which replaced Patrick’s on Pratt Street.

Harnett’s first outdoor mural in Hollins Market was commissioned by the Irish Railroad Workers Museum. It is located on the 900 block of Lemmon St.

Harnett said he has done several other indoor murals in the community.

Photos courtesy of Patrick Harnett 

Edgar Allen Poe House & Museum

Mailman William McRae

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