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Spirit of Music Statue in Charles Village

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3070 N Charles Street, next to the BMA sculpture garden (Street View)

GPS: 39° 19′ 38.31″ N 76° 37′ 4.28″ W


Dedicated in 2002, The Spirit of Music is a memorial to a former Johns Hopkins University student. Rex Chao was shot and killed near the school’s Milton S Eisenhower Library on an evening in April, 1996, by a fellow student and former friend. Choa played violin for the Hopkins and Peabody Orchestras. He was nineteen years old when he died. Jud Hartmann, who’s Creator’s Game Monument stands outside of the Lacrosse Museum on campus, was commissioned to design the memorial by a committee established in the fallen scholar’s honor.


Installed between the Johns Hopkins Monument and the BMA sculpture garden, the statue rests inside of a well-trimmed circular hedge. With violin in left hand and bow in right, the two-thirds scale bronze cast gazes optimistically at all those passing by.



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March 15th, 2009 at 11:27 am