Walking Tours of Silver Spring Public Art Scheduled

Art aficionados who live or work in Silver Spring can take a walking tour of the area’s public art on several Thursday evenings this spring and summer.

“Appetizers and Art,” organized by the Silver Spring Regional Services CenterSilver Spring Arts and Entertainment DistrictSilver Spring Urban District, and Montgomery Planning, will offer an inside look at art works, beginning with a tour of Silver Spring murals.

The first event, which is sold out, will be held tomorrow (April 18) from 5:30-8 p.m. and offers an example of how later tours will be conducted.

The evening will begin at TTT-Tacos, Tortas, & Tequila, 8407 Ramsey Ave., with a discussion by the restaurant’s general manager of the mural “Neo Indigenous.”

The work, created by New York graffiti artist and Mexican native Marka27, is a private work of art commissioned by TTT/Buena Vida owner Ivan Iricanin.

The next stop will be at “Penguin Rush Hour,” perhaps Silver Spring best-known public work, created by artist Sallie Calmer and installed at the Silver Spring Transit Center.

Next, the walk will head to the area’s newest artwork, “Traincarmachameleon,” which is now being installed on a previously blank wall along Bonifant Street at Georgia Avenue.

Tour participants will hear from artist Goodloe Byron, who will explain the behind-the-scenes process of creating the mural, which was chosen in part by popular vote.

The project is a public-private collaboration between the Silver Spring Urban District, the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, and Washington Property Company, which is building a new apartment complex on the opposite corner.

The art walk will conclude with two additional stops in Fenton Village along the Georgia Avenue corridor.

“Discussions will include information about the history of the artworks, the impact of public art on community revitalization and the technical differences between painted murals and other genres of public art,” according to a press release.  

Prior to the start of each art walk, Montgomery Planning will provide appetizers for participants, with drinks and other food available for purchase. Future art walks will be:

The walks are free. However, registration is limited and interested participants must register for each tour. Events will be held rain or shine.

Rendering of “Traincarmachameleon” courtesy Silver Spring Urban District.

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.
Walking Tours of Silver Spring Public Art Scheduled