Fashion

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Michael William Kirby’s medium is the streets.

The Baltimore artist has long painted street murals and made other outdoor art. His latest piece, “Fashion,” was installed on the side of the former Professional Coffee Shop building two weeks ago.

Kirby said the piece, which was done in exterior latex paint, was inspired by fashion and Vogue magazine, in particular.

The mural was commissioned through the Gateway Arts District’s Street Art Initiative and facilitated by the Hyattsville Community Development Corp.

The initiative has also sponsored art at Paul Koch Auto Radiator Service, Old Town Motorcars, the forthcoming Shops at Crittenden Crossing and a fifth location, according to Justin Fair with the CDC.

Kirby has been considered for local art before.

“A couple years ago I was here before designing a proposal for the mural across the street from the old coffee shop, but I did not get the job obviously,” he said in an email interview.

He first got into street murals years ago.

“I moved to Europe when I was a teenager and saw people creating art on the streets there for tips. I needed a job desperately and started doing it too,” he said.

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