Best Public Art: 'Change for the Better' by Loring Cornish

At North Charles and East Lanvale streets, loringcornish.com

In the wake of the murder of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Uprising, and the subsequent militarization of the city’s streets, we all needed some good news. Thankfully, local artist Loring Cornish rose to the occasion. He transformed the Koban—that weird blue police box just north of Penn Station—from a disused relic of the police state to a glittering beacon of protest. In glass and mirror mosaics, the odd structure now broadcasts messages such as “Police, respect life please” and “Police, honor all please.” The events of this year deserve a monument, and Cornish has given us one. But unlike most monuments, this one is vitally contributing to an ongoing battle.

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