Since 2013, Station North has produced temporary installations and performances at the Police Koban at the corner of N Charles Street and E Lanvale Street, the southern gateway to the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Loring Cornish's installation will permanently convert the abandoned structure into a work of art with mirrored, stained, and colored glass.
Acknowledging its past use as a Police Box, the installation directly addresses conflict between police and citizens, as well as the recent Baltimore Uprising. The glass mosaic features messages of hope directed towards police, with the goal of creating an inspirational beacon at the entrance to Station North.
"I'm giving the Police Box a complete makeover to make it more appealing to all that view it," notes Cornish. "Police across the country should begin to change current operating practices that have made millions of Americans very uncomfortable."
View photos of Loring Cornish at work at our Koban Project in Process gallery.
View photos of the completed installation in our Change for the Better gallery.
About Loring Cornish
Loring Cornish, a Baltimore based visionary artist, was drawn to mosaics almost accidentally. While repairing the termite-damaged floor of a house he was renting, he was given some broken tiles. He glued them to the floor to cover the holes. One thing led to another, and pretty soon the floor and walls were covered with materials. He covered one whole wall with pennies. When Cornish started, he was gathering and collecting materials with a shopping cart. He took junk and trash off the streets and alleys and turned it into art. Now some of that junk and trash is hanging in museums. He still finds materials just about anywhere, making art out of what the city has to offer, using whatever is in season.
For more information on Loring Cornish, visit www.loringcornish.com
Change for the Better is made possible through the generous support of the ArtPlace America. Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc. expresses its deepest gratitude to the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Blaustein Foundation, the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, and MICA for their support of the organization.
Change for the Better is part of Transit, an initiative of the Washington, DC cluster of the European Union National Institutes for Culture and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, supported by a grant from the European Union, and ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the US.