In 2015, Baltimore native Maria Wolfe spent a year documenting her research on street art through posts on her Instagram page, @Baltimural. Today, six years later, it has over 16,000 subscribers, a website, and a detail virtual card with hundreds of places to spot street art all over Baltimore City.
She was first encouraged to present her findings on social media by her friends and family: âMy friend and my mom were like, ‘Maria, you have all these photos, you should share them with the community,’ explains Wolfe, who also works for a web design company.
For Wolfe, the Baltimurals’ curation process – naturally – begins with taking a photo. Then, she posts the images to Instagram with artist attribution and a location tag, giving unique works the chance to reach viewers far beyond those who are walking around.
And the city is full of great gear, says Wolfe. In recent years, it is not uncommon for her to discover a new mural on a daily basis. Among those dearest to him is the Birdo fresco on North Pulaski and West Franklin streetsts west of Baltimore. She collaborated with artist Jay Birdo to finance and produce the piece – in vivid shades of red, purple and green, with details unique to the building owner – for the neighborhood.