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Hanging by a wire: Baltimore street artist Reed Bmore uses clouds for his canvas


Hanging by a wire: Baltimore street artist Reed Bmore uses clouds for his canvas

An empty wall is a perfect canvas for most street artists. Reed Bmore prefers the clouds.

The Baltimore street artist traded in the traditional spray paint can for a spool of wire that he contorts into astonishing sculptures.

"I always did wire," Reed says. "As a kid when my dad would take me to the store I would take the wire ties for fruits and vegetables and just mess around with it"

His work now hangs from street lights throughout Baltimore city. His pieces can sometimes be hard to see, but lucky Baltimoreans who do catch a glimpse often wonder how Reed's sculptures got there.

"Is he climbing up there?" says Nether, a fellow street artist most known for his iconic Freddie Gray mural. "Is he throwing it up there like you would a shoe? It's kinda like this mystery."

Reed likes to maintain that air of mystery. "With magic," he says with a smirk. "I put up my sculptures with magic."

While his work is sometimes hard to spot, in the street art community it stands out.

"I've seen wire sculpture but I've never seen wire street art," says Nether. "It's like a 'Where's Waldo?' game in Baltimore city."

Like his pseudonym would imply, Reed Bmore's work is influenced by the city that both he and his art calls home.

"Living in the city and bouncing around like I do, It makes me feel invisible. But coming to a street light and seeing proof that I was there makes me feel like I'm my own hometown hero."

In April 2015, 25-year old Freddie Gray was arrested by Baltimore police for the possession of an illegal switch blade. While being transported in the police van, Gray fell into a coma. Gray died one week later due to injuries to his spinal cord. Gray's death sparked city-wide protests that in some cases became violent.

"It just hurt seeing my city popping, basically. Like erupting," says Reed.

In the wake of the riots Reed also took to the streets to protest. Instead of a placard or a megaphone, Reed brought his wire.

"It was probably a week after the riots and I was working on a piece of a child protestor," Reed says. "I was searching around the harbor to install it with my friend. I was just like 'F**k it.' We're just gonna go to the city and just plant the sculpture right in front of City Hall. I just wanted to say that I was there, and that I get it."

"There's a lot more things than murder and 'The Wire' here in Baltimore. Its community is amazing. You go out there and there's pockets of every type of person in the city that can go out and feel accepted.

"I'm just trying to show that there's more to Baltimore than what has been seen."

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