Hop, hop, fizz, fizz

Hopscotch courts enliven crosswalks near Bromo Seltzer Tower

December 04, 2013

Crosswalks, unless you happen to be on Abbey Road, tend to be boring.

But now the folks at the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts are livening up crosswalks near the historic Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower in the city's newest arts and entertainment district.

Baltimore artist Graham Coreil-Allen designed four hopscotch courts in crosswalks at Eutaw and Lombard streets that were unveiled last week.

Coreil-Allen, who creates art in public places, also created an installation in Waverly called Tinges Commons and, earlier this fall, led tours of "invisible sites and overlooked architectural and psychic features" in Station North.

The hopscotch courts are one of four art works that will eventually grace crosswalks near the century-old tower, which contains artist studios that are open to the public on weekends.

Artist Paul Bertholet also created a crosswalk at Fayette and Eutaw streets that looks like a giant zipper opening.

Two other artistic crosswalks are planned in the area, to draw people to the city's Westside Arts and Entertainment District, according to the Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Julie Scharper

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