Be fair, be honest, be loving, be gentle, be kind, be caring, be faithful... BMORE!
The power of public art to positively transform the lives of individuals is salient. As a child in the 70's growing up in Baltimore's westside community of
Reservior Hill I was intrigued with a mural on a wall adjacent to a bus stop at the corner of Fulton and Druid Hill Avenues. Painted in vibrant colors, accentuated with floral designs, an anonymous artist had created this welcoming sign near the entrance to Druid Hill Park that simply said " LIFE" in large, bold letters. At various stages during my youthful development this mural signified different, but always positive, interpretations of my world view. In my earliest remembrances the LIFE mural carried a pretty simple message for me; a reminder that I was alive. In my adolescent years the mural told me to LIVE - to grow and participate, to exercise LIFE. As I continued to mature into young adulthood the LIFE mural was telling me to share LIFE, to multi-task in life's various roles as son, brother and father, as friend, student and teacher, as worker, neighbor and citizen. These
transformations are particularly poignant for me because they overcame dalliances with delinquency and violence in my teen lifestyle. Of late, the LIFE mural has encouraged me to inherit the responsibility of being a guardian of LIFE; an elder and mentor - a preserver of LIFE. In my current role I have decided to continue the tradition of offering a simple albeit powerful message to my community conveyed through the artistic genre of sculpture. I hope my BMORE sculpture will motivate all people who encounter it, particularly youth and young adults, to embrace the ideal of BEING MORE the way I embraced the ideal of what it means to LIVE LIFE. BMORE utilizes generic stick figurines to artistically represent human beings in my sculpture as a way to de-emphasize our differences and symbolize our universality. Moreover, the figurines are painted in human fleshtones to signify our diversity and posed in such a way that they can only " BMORE " by coming together, exemplifying inclusion. The BMORE sculpture also celebrates diversity and inclusion by translating the term " BMORE" into dozens of languages that adorn the wall of the sculpture's base. This is a salute to local residents who share the heritage represented by these languages and at the same time a welcome to tourists and visitors from around the world... to BMORE. These gifts are among the tokens you can expect to recieve for your support of BMORE. If you're familiar with the story of the Statue of Liberty, you'll recall that neither the national or local U.S. governments, nor major businesses of the time, would provide the funding necessary to finance the pedestal for the monument that the gracious citizens of France gave as a gift to United States citizens to commemorate our successful revolution against the British Monarchy. It was everyday people, some very poor, who gave an average of eighty-five cents to complete the mounting of the Statue. In this spirit, I'm asking the citizens of Baltimore and vicinity, to support BMORE. In all things and all ways...BMORE!
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