The Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority Hosts Mural Painting Sessions

By Editorial Team on May 31, 2017
The neighbors and friends are painting along the artists during a painting session on Saturday, May 20. Additional sessions are scheduled through June 6.
The neighbors and friends are painting along the artists during a painting session on Saturday, May 20. Additional sessions are scheduled through June 6.


Sessions are scheduled through June 6.


Spring time brings new blossoms to Takoma Park. Currently, a group of muralists is transforming another wall on Holton Lane, across the street from a large mural created two years ago titled Migratory: Freedom, a fitting theme for the area’s international character. That mural features a collage of migratory animals to represent natural movements around the globe.

The theme of the new mural titled Symbiosis has been developed with inspiration from the local community and participating neighbors during a series of the community meetings earlier this year. The artists have built upon their interdisciplinary, educational and community-based process to develop the mural. The theme and its representation offered a platform for uplifting discussions that covered culture, social science, biology, botany, biophysics and environmental science.

Similarly to the 2015 process, over a hundred local residents are expected to participate in creation of the mural. The upcoming painting sessions are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, May 31, 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday, June 3, 10:00am-12:00noon
  • Tuesday, June 6, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Both murals Migratory: Freedom and Symbiosis are sponsored by The Takoma/Langley Crossroads Development Authority (CDA), a 501c6 business association founded in 1987 to market and promote, provide maintenance and amenities for the Takoma/Langley Commercial Management District. CDA has contracted with Krsko Group with Peter Krsko as the leading artist.

Krsko creates collaborative and interactive community public art, such as sculptures and murals, inspired by biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, cooperation, emergence, participation and co-ownership. His installations and environments mimic the structure and form of natural entities as well as the dynamics and laws of interactions among members of the ecosystems.

After receiving a doctoral degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Krsko was awarded a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, where his interests expanded into medically-relevant biological communities, bacterial biofilms, bioinspired materials, colors and vision and the combination of science and art in order to develop unique lesson plans for young students. In Spring 2017, Krsko has completed a semester-long residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, during which he designed and taught an interdisciplinary course Zoethica: Bioinspired Art and Technology, established a new online resource for teachers with the free lesson plans and developed a large scale exhibit in Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

He has contributed to the development of numerous works of public art and continues providing educational services to schools, summer camps, after-school programs and correctional facilities in the greater Washington DC area and nationally.

The mural is located on the side of El Alazan Western Wear, 1337 Holton Lane in Takoma Park, MD.