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Expressing Love of Place through Public Art

Friday Feb 13, 2015 - Comments: 0

For this Valentine’s Day, Stabilize is featuring a program that celebrates love – Love of the spaces and places where people live and grow. 


Making people feel good about the places they call home improves social cohesion, helps recruit resident leaders, makes the neighborhood more desirable to potential homebuyers, and elevates community spirit. 


By creating meaningful dialogue and building relationships with communities, Stephen Powers and his team at ICY Signs, are able to design artistic signage that lovingly reflects the heart and soul of the neighborhoods they work with – what residents love most about home, and their hopes for the future. 


Before taking out his paintbrush, Powers walks the neighborhood streets and talks to people.  Through conversations with residents, he is able to discover a neighborhood’s spirit - Once revealed, he translates that spirit visually through his signage. 


A recent CityLab article introduces projects Powers has undertaken in a number of disinvested Baltimore neighborhoods.  Click here to read the article! 


Powers has also written about his mission and projects completed both here and abroad in his book - A Love Letter to the City.


To learn more, check out the CityLab article, and read Powers’ book.   


Photo Courtesy of Matthew Kuborn



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