Press Coverage

  • The Marc Steiner Show

    Podcast: Light City Baltimore

    "We talk with...Paul Rucker, Baker Award-winning visual artist, composer, and musician, artist-in-residence at the Creative Alliance, and former visiting artist at MICA."

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  • Baltimore Magazine - Gabriella Souza

    First Night of Light City Baltimore Full of Unexpected Moments

    " You might happen upon a bundled-up crowd clustered around Baltimore artist Paul Rucker playing his cello and handing out twinkling star lights to anyone who answered questions related to his work that focuses on the history of Baltimore’s slave trade. At the end of his performance, he asked the star holders to wave their lights, and told them, “You’re all bright stars, don’t forget that.” "

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  • Smithsonian Magazine - Jennifer Nalewicki

    See Dozens of Dazzling New Light Installations in Baltimore This Week

    "For his piece “In Light of History,” he focuses on the city’s brutal past as a critical hub in the trans-America slave trade. Rucker pinpointed the exact locations of about a dozen slave auctions around the harbor and will highlight these spots through original light compositions and cello music."

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  • Baltimore Sun - (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun video)

    Video Interview: Light City Baltimore: In Light of History

    "Light City artist Paul Rucker is creating the project "In Light of History" that will mark slave revenue locations in Baltimore. These spots will be highlighted with old-fashioned looking lamp posts that have LED lights that continuously change colors as well as information attached to the posts that tell what makes the spot significant."

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  • Baltimore Sun - Chris Kaltenbach

    Six art installations from Baltimore artists that give Light City its sparkle

    "A lot of history has happened along the Pratt Street corridor. Not all worth celebrating, perhaps, but certainly worth remembering."

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  • BMore Art - Cara Ober

    Light City Has Issues

    “Light City is giving me the opportunity to create a piece that highlights the historical significance of slavery in the Baltimore area,” explains the composer and sculptor, who is working in collaboration with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on the project."

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  • All People Sideways - Bret McCabe


    " “In Light of History” is the lone Light City installation that I’ve come across thus far where the Inner Harbor’s overbearing presence amplifies the work’s thematic intent. Rucker’s lampposts are easy to walk right by and not even notice. Or you might see one and think it’s just a different kind of sandwich-board placard for one of Pratt Street’s many chain stores. Is this lamp telling me where the Starbuck’s is or where human beings profited from the selling of other human beings? Both. "

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