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Baltimore steam pipes get a new look

By District Energy posted 11-09-2018 16:52


Lloyd Fox, The Baltimore Sun


Hidden below the streets of Baltimore is a steam system that provides hot water, steam and chilled water to over 255 businesses in downtown Baltimore. In a collaborative effort between the Downtown Partnership and Veolia, the company that operates the network, three of the many steam pipes or “stacks” associated with the underground system are being painted.

Artist Kerry Cesen has been commissioned to paint three of the many stacks that protrude out of the ground and rise to almost 12 feet tall. Most would consider them an eye sore, but the beautification project is to bring cheer and conversation to what goes on below the surface of everyday life.

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