Art in Transit: Silver Spring
Colesville Road underpass.
Penguin Rush Hour, 1989 (2016)
Sally Callmer Thompson
Latex paint on marine plywood; replaced with aluminum printed panels (2016)
100' l x 8' h
The playful mural whimsically depicts crowds of penguins as Metro customers during rush hour. The mural's popularity inspired the City of Silver Spring to adopt a penguin as its unofficial mascot. Originally painted on wood panels, the artwork became damaged by the elements over the years and was removed in 2004. Penguin Rush Hour was refurbished and replicated on aluminum panels, and returned to its original location in 2017.
This project was funded in part by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and is on loan to WMATA.