The Baltimore Art Society
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As well as Carcinization, the city of Baltimore holds another lesser known natural phenomenon in the form of the Baltimore Art Society, a society formed of literal art that was born out of the streets of Baltimore. While mostly consisting of painted street art, there have been cases where murals, painted canvas, and other artistic expressions have made themselves into installations. These installations are fully sentient and protected under local law, as well as one of the highest honours for any artist to have a creation achieve this status, as it is only the pieces that are overflowing with care and personality that are known to gain this kind of independence.
Installations often make their way underground to Baltimore’s steam tunnels, forming a colony of ontological life, always changing and forming into new versions of themselves and blurring the boundaries between one another. Locals will often point stray bits of graffiti in the right direction if they are interested, but there are also blank walls set aside for wandering pieces that are more interested in being on display.
While no one can track down their exact origins after the death of The Olde One the latent energy of change and evolution began to spill out into the local street art. The first reports of living installations were graffiti from the Reckoning coming to life in the aftermath of the battle. This has raised many questions about the nature of both carcinization and installations as a whole, and exactly how they are related to the Olde One, however theories are varied and often contradictory.
While there are many installations in Baltimore, here is a selection of notable ones who’s fame has spread outside of the city.
One of these installations has been employed by Axel Campbell of the Baltimore Crabs to work as a guide dog alongside his usual three dimensional guide dog Russett. The mural-dog “Yukon Gold” is known to assist in navigating the tunnels during games, as well as participate in cheering on the team in home games. Gold has had several accessories added by local children including a service dog vest, boots for the blooddrain, and sunglasses for solar eclipses.
While not confirmed, in recent years there have been rumours that the mural of Combs Duende created by Sutton Dreamy after her death has been missing from its place on the walls of the Crabitat. While it has never been sighted as an installation, it is often assumed that that is where the piece got off to, though interestingly enough if it is leaving this installation seems to often return to their place on the mural, which is a very uncommon trait in installations once they have gained independence.
The Collective is actually the largest collection of installations in Baltimore. A whirling mass of smaller installations, the Collective is a thriving community of art that is difficult for many people to communicate with, but skilled at making it’s needs known. The Collective was also the first installation to achieve local office in the city after campaigning for a cabinet position in the city council and served alongside crabs player Alston Cerveza during his terms.
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