Transit Candy

Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn
Baltimore, MD

Latex paint
Size varies

Photos by Mary Anne Redding

Unfurling Rising by David Boyajian
Unfurling Rising by David Boyajian
Unfurling Rising by David Boyajian

Artist Concept

The concept for the mural takes it cues from textiles and the design is a vibrant and geometric painted stair runner that runs from the top of the 36-step grand staircase, flowing to the bottom of the steps and beyond, and terminating with a fringed edge often found on a rug. From a position at the bottom of the stairs looking up, one can imagine the warp of a weaving loom projected as multi-colored lines run up the entirety of the steps. Though the design is abstract, it is hard not to image that the intersecting angles mimic mountains and valleys and a circle conjures up thoughts of the sun rising or setting.  Because the stairs are a three-dimensional form, the design takes on a different look when standing at the top of the stairs looking down and the large stair landings are focal points for some of Jessie and Katey’s trademark curving shapes.

Artist Comments

Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn make up the Baltimore based artist team better known as Jessie and Katey. “Our mission is to transform public spaces into vibrant, playful experiences, and use a highly geometric, abstract language to engage with the history, architecture and culture of a place. We believe that the aesthetics of one’s environments can influence their emotions and state of mind. With a passion for people and design, we bring life to unsung spaces through abstract painting. We’ve created numerous murals in partnership with cities, companies, municipalities and brands to turn a unique story and location into an iconic piece of artwork, often heightening the landmark’s visibility as a destination.”

“Since 2011, we have been consistently creating large-scale, public murals and installations across the country, learning the intricacies of the places we work. We see the responsibility of working with, listening to and reflecting the communities and public that we serve as the driving force in our murals and public installations. Although our style is highly formal and recognizable, each piece is inspired by architectural landscapes, and historically relevant concepts. We pride ourselves on transforming public spaces and engaging the viewer through the use of color, bold geometric designs and an underlying narrative for those who look for one.”

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