At the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Knox Road in College Park, a new mural painted by two local artists draws attention to Maryland’s biodiversity and dwindling native species.
Covering the facade of the building are images of three species native to Maryland: the Checkerspot butterfly, the Black-eyed Susan flower and the Terrapin–the famed mascot of the University of Maryland College Park.
Artists Cory Stowers and Jason Philp began work on the mural in early October and completed the vibrant piece on Monday, Nov. 4. According to a statement released by the College Park City-University partnership, the mural aims to honor the environmental efforts made by the city and university. Specifically, it focuses on the endangered Checkerspot Butterfly.
“The mural honors the role of pollination in our ecosystem, with the aim of drawing attention to the plight of the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly,” the statement said.