The Baltimore City Kawasaki Monument relocation

Rooted in Nature is proud to have worked with Waterfront Partnership on the recently completed relocation of the Kawasaki Monument in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Kawasaki monument - a gift from Baltimore’s sister city of Kawasaki, Japan in 1984 - was moved from its old location next to the Science Center to its new home aside the World Trade Center.

We secured the project of relocating the monument as well as installing new hard/landscaping due to a recommendation from Civic Works, a local non-profit with deep roots in Baltimore’s communities. We have had the pleasure of being able to work together on several Baltimore City rejuvenation projects, including work on the Clifton Mansion, The Baltimore Green Initiative, and multiple Green Space projects. These endeavors -- including walkways, lot restoration, community garden areas, artwork installations and rain garden placements for sediment control -- have benefited the city’s environment, while helping highlight Baltimore’s beauty and versatility.

Marty Smith, our Project Lead, developed a great working relationship with Waterfront Partnership as well as architects Jason Castillo and Michael Humes of Mahan, Rykiel & Associates. Effective collaboration and seamless timing allowed for a successful relocation of the Kawasaki Monument, which included:

  • Plaque/monument placement

  • Marble/Bluestone walkway

  • Tree installations and plantings

  • Irrigation installation


Due to the location of the installation, coordination with both the Baltimore Aquarium and World Trade Center were required. The project also had to meet required ADA specifications, so special care was taken with measurements and grade adjustments to the marble and Bluestone used in the project.

While the crews worked diligently on the job, numerous on-site meetings were held between Waterfront, Mahan, and Rooted in Nature, ensuring efficient planning and execution throughout this project. This gave us the chance to build and grow relationships with both the companies involved and with the harbor business community. We consider this project to be one of our most exciting of the year!

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