The Banksy of Baltimore

Reed Bmore has built a local following for his thought-provoking wire sculptures.

Evan Greenberg - July 2019

The Banksy of Baltimore

Reed Bmore has built a local following for his thought-provoking wire sculptures.

Evan Greenberg - July 2019

-Justin Tsucalas

The artist known as Reed Bmore has to do a bit of mental gymnastics each time he introduces himself to someone new. The Hampden-based creator is responsible for the bootleg wire sculptures hanging from various telephone wires across Baltimore, and, for obvious reasons, prefers to remain anonymous. A quick Google search—or Caller ID display—reveals his actual name, but we’ll honor his request and stick with Reed Bmore for now.

A Maryland College Institute of Art alum, Bmore has been hanging wire sculptures—animals, video game characters, and Pokémon, among others—for about five years. He acknowledges that what he does could be considered vandalism, but he also points out that city officials only seem to mind when his subject matter is controversial. Chief among them: the sculpture that depicted Healthy Holly hogtied and horizontal during then-mayor Catherine Pugh’s final days in office. It took him about three hours to create and was removed from the intersection near Fayette and Gay Streets only a few hours later. “Worth it,” he says.

His desire for anonymity goes back to his youth as a graffiti artist, but he also wants his art to speak for itself. “In my eyes, wire sculpture is a very small part of who I am,” he says. “[Maintaining anonymity] gives me some leeway to express different avenues within myself.”

Bmore began creating his wire sculptures 10 years ago, but it was when he began hanging them around town and sharing his art on Reddit that things really took off. In the beginning, he was cranking out work at a high volume, eager to make his mark on Baltimore. But now that he has established some notoriety, he’s been able to slow that pace and only produce art that’s meaningful to him.

Still, anonymity remains the key. He wants to separate the street artist Reed Bmore from his life in the real world. But that presents an interesting paradox: Bmore runs a sculpture-focused Instagram account where followers can contact him for personalized work. He’s also planning to showcase some of his smaller pieces during an exhibit in August at Creative Labs in Hampden.

So how does he balance promoting himself while also maintaining his anonymity? He’s still working on that. “I build my artwork on bullshit and doing whatever I feel,” he says. “I just want to have fun and perpetuate lightheartedness and start conversation.”

You May Also Like


Movie Review: Rocketman

The pop icon is vividly brought to life in this kaleidoscopic biopic.

On The Town

Drag Performances That Showcase Baltimore's Crop of Crazy-Talented Queens

Support the local drag scene at these recurring brunches, dinners, bingo nights, and shows.

The Chatter

What You Need to Know for Artscape 2019

A changing footprint, exciting exhibitions, and nods to the moon landing highlight annual festival.

Arts District

Beach House Shares Five of The Band’s Favorite Tracks

Before their Hippodrome show, the dream-pop duo reveals a sneak peek of the setlist.

Arts & Culture

Music Reviews: July 2019

The latest from DDm and Outer Spaces.


Movie Review: Late Night

The combination of Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson proves to be unstoppable.

-Justin Tsucalas

Connect With Us

Most Read

Larder Chef Helena del Pesco Talks Intersection Between Food and Art: Trading San Francisco Bay for the Chesapeake Bay, the chef makes her mark in Old Goucher.

Movie Review: Yesterday: British fantasy is perfectly diverting, but barely scratches the surface of its intriguing premise.

Baltimore Water Taxi Looks Toward the Future: Three years into being a Sagamore Ventures enterprise, the service is working on increasing visibility, riders, and its reach.

The Banksy of Baltimore: Reed Bmore has built a local following for his thought-provoking wire sculptures.

NBA Veteran Rudy Gay Gives Back to the Place Where It All Started: The Baltimore native and 13-year pro says “an idle mind is the devil's playground.”