Maynard’s Street Art Obsession – Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Street Art Mural

A recent outing had us spending the day in Baltimore, Maryland and a chance meeting with a knowledgeable local directed us to some of their fine street art. We had been in the area several times in the past, but I had never really come across too much of what the area had to offer in the form of street art. Turns out I had just been searching in the wrong areas, not to mention much to my surprise Baltimore has a mural program; which I fully support. On top of that you can even Google Map “Graffiti Alley” and be directed to a passageway filled with color. I may have underestimated you, Baltimore. If you would like to see more street art click here.

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Spotlight: Library of Congress

Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, Washington DC
The Jefferson Building:

Upon first entering the building there is a moment of adjustment, as you go from the drab gray stone exterior to the intricately detailed Great Hall. There is so much going on in-between the marbled floor with brass inlays to the skylights with aluminum plating that it’s hard to know what to look at first. Evidence of the more than 50 artists that contributed to this masterpiece is strewn throughout every inch of the building. Two grand staircases flank both sides of the Great Hall each one decorated with putti, which are figures representing occupations or pursuits of contemporary American life of the time. The staircases are each capped off with bronze statues holding a torch of electric light. These are in commemoration of Benjamin Franklyn’s discovery of electricity, other tributes can also be found throughout the Jefferson building of the library. Taking either of the two staircases leads you to the second floor and allows you to take in the marvel of the zodiac floor. From this point you will see a smaller staircase taking you even further up where you will be immediately enchanted by the Mosaic of Minerva greeting you half way up. Once you pull yourself way from that continue up the stairs and you can catch a glimpse of the Main Reading Room. This is one magnificent room, unfortunately from this vantage point you don’t get a chance to truly take in the domed ceiling. Head back down the stairs to begin your exploration of all the library has to offer, or head to the lower level to signup for a tour.

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Main Floor, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This week marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. We visited the camp a few years ago, and it is an experience that neither of us will ever forget. If you are unable to make the trip to Poland, but can make it to Washington D.C., I would recommend a visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. While the Holocaust is a serious subject, the museum does a good job to not only highlight man’s atrocities but also looks at those who would stand against them. (See our visit to Auschwitz here)

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Spotlight: Fort Washington Park, MD

Forward Battery, Fort Washington

Just 4 miles outside the beltway in Washington DC on the banks of the Potomac River you can find Fort Washington Park. Fort Washington was constructed in 1824 to replace Fort Warburton which was lost in the War of 1812, it stood quietly defending the nation’s capital for over 180 years. The fort was turned over to the Department of the Interior in 1946 when the last military presence left and the current park run by the National Park Service was established.

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