Archive for the ‘Projects’ Category

Sculpture Art in Maryland: Wildlife of the Chesapeake

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Baltimore-based mural artist Michael Kirby creates three-dimensional works of art – and they’re not just limited to paintings. His latest project, commissioned by the Riverside Apartment Complex in Aberdeen, Maryland, will be sculptural. Forged of sheet metal and pre-casted metal objects, the statue is slated to include Blue Herons and other native Maryland wildlife. The community proves a befitting place for such a subject matter, as Aberdeen is deemed the “Gateway to the Chesapeake Bay.”

Known for its combination of natural surroundings and close proximity to the big city of Baltimore, Aberdeen’s milieu, in a way, mirrors the sculpture itself, whose natural elements are offset by the industrial feel of the metalworking. Stay tuned to find out more about this project, and look out for pictures of the piece on Michael Kirby’s Facebook page.

Michael Kirby has been creating permanent and temporary public artwork all around the world for the past two decades, and now, he’s stationed in Baltimore, bringing his renowned murals and public art to the local community. For more information, please visit our website, and for information about commissioning a piece, email

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Michael Kirby’s Murals: Promoting Unity at the Smithsonian

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Some people go to school to learn to become artists; others take their natural inclination and run with it, producing pieces without any formal training. Michael Kirby did the latter, traveling to Italy when he was just a teenager, watching the maddonari – street painters named as such because they create replicas of the Madonna on public walkways. Already a drawer, Kirby saw the murals and knew that he had the ability to paint his own. For the first time, in Italy, he realized that it was possible to make money by making art – maybe even make a living in so doing.

Now, he has. During his career, mural painter Michael Kirby has gone from making thirty dollars a day in Italy as a young man to being commissioned by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery to create installations – bringing the art outside for all passerby to partake in. Two years ago, Kirby spent three days working on sidewalk paintings as a part of the Smithsonian’s Chalk 4 Peace Family Festival. He said the piece was about “love, family, unity, embracing, tranquility, safety” (Source). In the spirit of unity, when the work was finished, members of the collective public were invited by the museum to take up some chalk and create an inspired mini-mural of their own. Children and adults alike did so, proving that art can connect all.

Mural at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Installation | photo by: Michael Kirby

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Passion’s creativity: Street artist Michael Kirby at the Smithsonian