A Crab of Our Own
'LAX Crab' proudly wears the team
jersey of the NCAA national lacrosse champions. The
sculpture is the work of Julia Andersen and Catonsville
High School students.
PHOTO BY HIPS / WILL KIRK
Everyone, it seems, has his or her favorite among the
more than 170 artistically decorated crustaceans crawling
all over Baltimore this summer. There's Crab Cake (a
candle-holding birthday cupcake), Crab Calloway (sporting a
tuxedo), Taxi Crab (bright yellow, natch) and — for
Johns Hopkins fans — LAX Crab. Guarding the North
Gate to the Homewood campus, the menacing fellow holds a
lacrosse stick overhead and wears a bold No. 2 jersey, just
like Blue Jays goalie Jesse Schwartzman's.
Created by artist Julia Andersen and Catonsville High
School art students, LAX Crab was sponsored by JHU's
Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, President's Office,
Greek Life. Andersen asked to feature a No. 2 jersey
because she was such a fan of Schwartzman's performance in
the NCAA championship finals.
The Crabtown Project is a combination public art and
fund-raising/public awareness project of Baltimore's
Believe in Our Schools campaign, which supports facility
improvements. Funds are being raised through sponsorships,
direct contributions and an auction of the sculptures,
which will be held in November.
Guilford Elementary/Middle is Johns Hopkins' school
partner in the program.
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