Residents have the opportunity to choose one of three designs proposed for a large-scale mural on the exterior wall of 8402 Georgia Ave. at the corner of Bonifant Street, a building that houses Lina’s Diner and Bar.

The mural is a public-private collaboration between the Silver Spring Urban District, the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, and the Washington Property Company, which is funding the cost of the artwork.

It will face 8250 Solaire Georgia Ave., an apartment building currently being built by WPC, and the route of the Purple Line.

A public call was issued for artists to submit concept proposals “that visually activated the length of the wall and conveyed a sense of movement and whimsy,” according to a press release.

A panel chose the three finalists from among the entries received. Each artist will receive a stipend for their design, and the winning artist will be awarded the contract.

“We had some beautiful designs submitted, but the jury could only choose three that we felt best represented the theme,” said Reemberto Rodriguez, director of the Silver Spring Regional Services Center. “Hopefully, we will get to work with some of the artists on future public art projects in Silver Spring.”

Votes can be submitted through October 15. There is a limit of one vote per email address; so far, more than 800 votes have been cast.

Once completed, the mural will join more than 50 other pieces of public art within the Arts & Entertainment District.

Shown above, one of the three mural design entries. The other two are shown below.

Residents Offered Opportunity to Choose Design for New Mural

Residents Offered Opportunity to Choose Design for New Mural


Residents Offered Opportunity to Choose Design for New Mural

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Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Residents Offered Opportunity to Choose Design for New Mural