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Lisa Moren's App in Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Friday, May 18th, 2018 //
www.baltimorebrew.com/2018/05/18/baltimores-mckeldin-fountain-returns-as-an-app/

NONUMENT 01::McKeldin Fountain is a virtual monument that memorializes the McKeldin Fountain that was razed in 2016.

The augmented-reality app was spearheaded by four artists - Martin Bricelj Baraga and Neja Tomsic, both of the Museum of Transitory Art in Slovenia, and Lisa Moren and Jaimes Mayhew, both of Baltimore - and a collection of architects, developers and others.

Using the phone app gives viewers the experience of standing in front of the fountain, and watch interviews with 18 people sharing stories from the structure's three-plus decades of life, ranging from tales of protest to fond memories. Subjects include former Mayor Sheila Dixon, local architect Fred Scharmen, a member of Baltimore Hoop Love, local rappers DDm and Eze Jackson, the anti-war group Women in Black, participants from the Otakon anime convention, protesters from the 2011 Occupy demonstrations, ACLU of Maryland senior attorney David Rocah and others.

The fountain and plaza, built in 1982, was an example of Brutalist architecture, and included skywalks across Light Street leading to the Inner Harbor. It was part of the revitalization of Baltimore's Inner Harbor envisioned by Mayor Theodore McKeldin.