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Two local artists join forces to paint a “diversity” mural Anne Arundel Building Co.


ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — There will soon be another reason to visit our capital.

Two local artists paint a six-story mural at the Arundel Center in Annapolis. The theme of the mural will represent the diversity of people and places in Anne Arundel County.

Comacell Brown Jr. is one of the artists chosen to paint a mural on the side of the Arundel Center. The other artist is Cindy Fletcher Holden.

The problem they have is doing this painting on a wall 100 feet long and 60 feet high.

“If you’re good at math, or if you’re like me who has an i-pad so you can help out and see different things, that makes it a lot easier,” Brown said.

“And we would step back the elevator and do, um, a little change here and a little change there,” Holden said.

Both are local and have painted murals all over the country.

They were chosen from a group of 39 artists.

The judges liked the scenic work of the county by Cindy and they liked the paintings of people that Comacell did.

So they chose both.

The theme of the mural is “The Diversity of People and Places in Anne Arundel County”.

“By working with Comacell, we can tell stories of growth,” Holden said. “You know, we have different life experiences, so it’s good to share that.”

This mural isn’t just something to look at, it will have interactive features and something called augmented reality.

You point your camera at a QR code on the wall and download an app.

“You’re going to look up like you’re taking a picture of the mural and that’s where the magic happens,” Brown said. “The mural will start to move. You will see different elements of the mural doing their own thing depending on their character.

Airplanes will fly, fish will jump and the wall will come to life. You’ll be able to stand in front of the fishing rod and look like you’ve landed a Big Rock fish.

The project itself is a demonstration of unity.

“It’s more important than just painting,” Brown said. “For people to see a young black man working with an older white woman working together for six weeks and then doing something that will represent that unity together is bigger than a piece of art to me.”

The interactive mural is expected to be completed by late August or early September.




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