Birdland MuralsPowered by PNC
Since 2019, the Orioles and PNC Bank have partnered to bring unique murals created by local artists to Oriole Park. This summer, the Birdland Murals program extends into the community. This multi-year collaboration intends to highlight Baltimore's vibrant arts community and allows Orioles fans to experience the incredible talents of several individuals.
2022 Mural Artists
As part of the Birdland Murals series, powered by PNC Bank, the latest mural installations will be featured at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and in the Waverly neighborhood, near the location of old Memorial Stadium on East 33rd Street.
The Oriole Park mural, which will be located near Legends Park and the Bullpen Picnic Area, will be created by globally-renowned artist LOGAN HICKS. The mural will depict a bustling Eutaw Street, celebrating the more than 72 million fans and visitors Oriole Park at Camden Yards has brought to downtown Baltimore since the ballpark opened in 1992.
About the Artist: Hicks is known for his works using a variety of mediums like screen-prints, most recognizably for his impressive and hyper-realistic multi-layer stencils. Based on pictures, Hicks creates stencils with usually more than five different layers, cut out piece-by-piece and painted one on top of each other. His work is featured as a part of the opening of URBAN NATION Museum in Berlin, Germany in 2017. Born in 1971 Logan Hicks grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in the early 1990s. Before he moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 2007, he worked as a screen printer in San Diego, California, joined the art movement Lowbrow and started working with stencils. Hicks creates his well-known stencils by layering pieces one on top of the other, this helps him in creating his own style with his works. The result is hyper-realistic works showing urban situations in an exceptional nocturnal light. With "Story of my life" he created an extraordinary autobiographical mural in Houston made of 1.050 stencils and images of more than 150 people.
The mural located on the 400 block of East 33rd Street was created by THOMAS EVANS, a.k.a. Detour, and NETHER. The mural is the first of the Birdland Murals to be unveiled in the community.
About Nether: Nether is a globally traveling street artist with an extensive body of public works spanning across his native city of Baltimore, Maryland. Nether’s work is as a social and cultural documentarian of the struggles, history, aspirations, and dilemmas that our cities’ face. Many of the works are created in the spirit of gorilla beautification and sometimes strategically agitate in order to spark conversation on ignored urban issues. Woven into the works is often a spiritual, natural sense of balance and design aimed at evoking understanding of our relationship to our surrounding environments and places we call home. With outdoor work, pieces are often designed with guidance from or in conceptual collaboration with stakeholders. The quest can be seen as an attempt to help refuel and engage the landscape, bring out the city’s pride, and capture the poetic chaos that defines BMORE.
About Detour: Thomas Evans, a.k.a. Detour, is an all-around creative specializing in large scale public art, interactive visuals, portraiture, immersive spaces, and creative directing. His focus is to create work where art and innovation meet. A born collaborator and “military brat,” Detour pulls from every conceivable experience that shapes his landscapes and perspectives. Explaining Detour’s work is no easy task, as ongoing experimentations in visual art, music, and interactive technologies have his practice continually expanding. With his ever-evolving approach to art, Detour’s focus is on expanding customary views of creativity and challenging fine-art paradigms by mixing traditional mediums with new approaches—all the while opening up the creative process from that of a singular artist, to one that thrives on multi-layered collaboration and viewer participation.
2021 Mural Artists
Located in the Orioles Legends Park beyond the bullpens in center field, the mural created by artist Ernest Shaww in collaboration with Open Walls Baltimore curator Gaia, features Hall of Famers ROY CAMPANELLA, BIZ MACKEY, and JUD WILSON, along with Maryland native ERNEST BURKE. Campanella, regarded as one of the premier catchers in baseball history, played for the Baltimore Elite Giants from 1937-45 before signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 after Jackie Robinson had broken the color barrier in organized baseball. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969. Mackey, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006, spent two years with the Baltimore Black Sox and four with the Elite Giants as a player-manager and is credited with having tutored players who went on to have tremendous success in the Major Leagues, including Campanella, Monte Irvin, and Larry Doby. Wilson, a hard-hitting third baseman, slugged his way to the Hall of Fame over a 21-year career, including nine seasons with the Black Sox. Considered one of the most feared hitters in the Negro Leagues, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. Burke, who was born in Havre de Grace, was a pitcher and outfielder for the Elite Giants from 1946-49.
The mural also features a Sankofa bird in a baseball glove. According to Shaw, the Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol, originally created by the Akan of West Africa. The Sankofa is a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It illustrates the importance of remembering and honoring the past and using that information for positive progress moving forward, a concept deeply ingrained in honoring the history of the Negro Leagues.
About the Artist: A native of West Baltimore and a product of Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore School for the Arts, Morgan State University, and Howard University, Shaw credits his hometown with having taught him the meaning of perseverance, community, and integrity. His primary subjects reflect the multiple aspects of the Black/Africanist experience in the context of a society that confines Blackness to being the antithesis to whiteness and a response to racialized subjugation.
The mural, located under the video board between the center field bleachers and Eutaw street, was created by local graffiti writer Adam Stab in collaboration with Open Walls Baltimore curator Gaia, along with artists Jeffrey Evers, Dave Diggian, Damian Disantis, Leonard Bateman, Andrew Funk, and Jennifer Weightman. It is comprised of two sets of walls. The ballpark side on the concrete behind the center field bleachers reads "Baltimore" and "Orioles Magic" and depicts baseball scenes with the Oriole Bird swinging a bat, playing catch, and cheering. The Eutaw Street side reads "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and depicts concessions-based ballpark scenes.
About the Artist: Baltimore's longest-active graffiti writer, Stab attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and has enjoyed a successful and diverse career in the visual arts as a graphic designer, painter, and muralist. He is credited with being part of an era of writers that have defined the "Baltimore handstyle."
2019 Mural Artists
The Birdland Murals series began in 2019 and featured local female artists as part of the Orioles’ yearlong celebration of women’s equality and girls’ empowerment in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in Aug. 2020. The Orioles and PNC selected local female artists to serve as the leads on these projects.
The mural installation created by Red Swan Walls, located on the back of the center field scoreboard on the Budweiser Roof Deck, features a pair of Oriole birds.
About the Artists: Hanna Moran and Lindy Swan like to combine realistically rendered elements, such as oversized flora and fauna, with colorful and dynamic abstract patterns to design and paint bold, unique walls throughout the greater Baltimore and D.C. areas.
Selfie Wall mural installation was completed by Baltimore native Megan Lewis, a multi-disciplinary illustrator. The mural, located in Kids’ Corner, features a set of oversized bird wings over bold colors and geometric shapes.
About the Artist: Known for her bold colors and wearable brand Blk Women Period, Lewis utilizes various mediums to create works of art that focus on stories that reflect a critical view of social, historical, and cultural issues all inspired by Blk Women images. Lewis has been and continues to be an active and well-regarded member of Baltimore’s thriving arts community.