New Wings Mural Coming to Bethesda Row

Artist behind interactive murals became well known after Taylor Swift posed with original in New York City

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Taylor Swift poses with the Kelsey Montague wings mural in New York City

via Instagram

New artwork is coming to Bethesda Row and you’ll probably see it soon on Instagram or Facebook.

Federal Realty has hired Kelsey Montague, an international street artist, to paint a large-scale wings mural at a wall on Hagar Lane, next to Quartermaine Coffee on Bethesda Avenue.

Montague is the artist behind the #WhatLiftsYou series of ornate wings in which people—and in this case, dogs and other animals—can pose between the pair of wings for a photo.

Montague painted the first pair of of large-scale wings on a wall in New York City’s NoLIta (north of Little Italy) neighborhood. The artwork later went viral when pop star Taylor Swift stood between the wings for an Instagram photo.

Since then, Montague has been painting wings around the world as part of the series, according to Forbes.

Montague will paint a large-scale wing mural for people to stand between, as well as a smaller one designed for dogs at the Bethesda Row site. She’s scheduled to begin painting them on Wednesday evening and complete the murals by Sunday.

A Federal Realty spokeswoman said Wednesday the murals will be unique to Bethesda Row and include elements specific to the mixed-use retail center in the wings. 

A doggy version of the wings. Photo provided by Federal Realty.

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