History + Design
The site of Baltimore Station was the home of Lewis Artists Supply Co. from the 1940s until its closing in 1983. The art in the lobby pays tribute to the building's past. Graphic panels from the former facade were salvaged during construction and adorn the Baltimore Station resident lobby. A welcome mural by local artists Ivan Montoya and Kelly Golden has been painted on top of layers of exposed brick and block on the opposite wall. The design was inspired by the Lewis Artists Supply Co. brand as found on relics. Together, the lobby art celebrates the building's resilience through time and change.
"Movin'" is a slice of Detroit life. Baltimore Station sits at an epicenter of Detroit movement on Woodward Avenue from which one can travel by train, streetcar, bike, scooter or car to anywhere within the city. The mural provides a visual representation of this concept and acts as a snapshot of this movement, playing on the contrast between city life and the quiet view of the onlooker at the a single moment in time. The mural was a collaboration between The Platform, Fisher Building 4th Floor artists, and University Prep Art & Design High School (UPAD).
Fisher Building 4th Floor Artists: Brooke Hitchcock, Ivan Montoya, Michael Polakowski, Sheila Nicolin
UPAD Students: Nia McKanders, Dolcia McLaughlin, Diva Taylor
UPAD Advisor: Manal Kadry