Orioles and Baltimore Convention Center Team Up on New Mural

| May 3, 2024 | 0 Comments

Baltimore Orioles press release: 

Today the Orioles unveiled the latest mural installation as part of the Birdland Murals series, powered by PNC. This year, the Orioles and PNC have displayed a prominent mural located downtown on the west side of the Baltimore Convention Center. The new mural will continue celebrating the vibrant culture, fascinating history, distinctive neighborhoods, and remarkable people of Baltimore, enabling Orioles fans and the community to enjoy the extraordinary skills of various local artists.

“We are excited to unveil the next installment of the Birdland Murals powered by PNC,” said LAURA GAMBLE, PNC Regional President for Greater Maryland. “The mural series brings together the Baltimore community’s two great loves: the arts and the Orioles. PNC is proud to sponsor this beautiful new mural in downtown Baltimore.”

As a city agency and a major gathering space for out-of-town visitors, the Baltimore Convention Center aligns this effort with Mayor Brandon Scott’s Downtown Rise initiative. This mural symbolizes the accessibility of arts, culture, and entertainment as fundamental elements for a thriving downtown and creates a space where people can come together to contribute to the vibrancy of Baltimore City.

“I’m deeply grateful to the Orioles, PNC Bank, and all of our partners who have made this mural project possible,” said Baltimore City Mayor BRANDON SCOTT. “As we continue our work to brighten downtown and showcase the best Baltimore has to offer, this mural will hold a special place in that effort. The Orioles’ commitment to projects like this shows that they are not just a team in Baltimore, but a team of Baltimore. I am incredibly excited for everyone coming downtown for games — or any reason — to see this beautiful new mural and reflect on our city, our history, and the renaissance that we’re building here.”

The mural was created by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) graduates, Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn. Affectionately known as JESSIE AND KATEY, the two Baltimore-based artists have been creating large-scale murals and installations in public spaces around the country for the last decade. The artists’ bold geometric mural depicts a visual interpretation of the energy and pride that is felt when the community comes together around a collective event. The vibrant colors and symmetrical composition celebrate the city’s spirit.

With a passion for people and design, Jessie and Katey pride themselves on transforming public spaces and engaging the viewer through color, bold geometric designs, and underlying narratives, inspired by architectural landscapes and historically relevant concepts. Their work has received national attention from publications like Huffington Post, NPR, Complex Art & Design, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. Jessie and Katey’s work has also been featured in public and private collections across the United States, including Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore, Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and Facebook Headquarters in Washington, DC.

“We are thrilled to continue to utilize our transformative relationship with PNC Bank to bring more vibrant art to Baltimore through the creation of this stunning mural. This campaign symbolizes our shared commitment to enhancing the fabric of our community, fostering unity and inspiring positive growth. This project is meant to be more than just a mural on a building, but a vision of hope, progress and a brighter future for all residents of Baltimore,” said KERRY R. WATSON, JR., Orioles Executive Vice President, Public Affairs.

The Birdland Murals series, powered by PNC began in 2019 and currently features nine murals, seven of which can be found throughout Oriole Park and the other in the Waverly community of Baltimore. For more information on the Birdland Murals series, visit Orioles.com/Murals.

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