FrostburgFirst, in partnership with the City of Frostburg, is pleased to announce the installation of new public art in the Parish Parking Lot in downtown Frostburg.
The art installation is comprised of three metal sculptures designed to represent bodies in motion. The project began when Dustin Davis of the Frostburg State University Visual Arts Department worked with the engineering department to salvage the metal pieces from surplus playground equipment and decided to get creative. The sculptures were created by five FSU engineering students over a period of two semesters.
FrostburgFirst was thrilled to play a role in bringing the sculptures to downtown Frostburg. Executive Director Deirdre Robertson says, “This was the perfect opportunity to bring student work to our arts and entertainment district while highlighting an underused resource at the same time.” Davis contacted FrostburgFirst at the end of July to offer the sculptures, and within a few weeks, they were collected and installed by City of Frostburg Department of Parks and Recreation. The sculptures make their home in the parklet attached the Parish parking lot, which offers free parking to those visiting the downtown area. The City of Frostburg, in partnership with First Energy, also recently unveiled a new electric car charging station in the lot.
The City of Frostburg generously donated time and labor to install the new public art. Community Development Director LJ Bennett says, “I was thrilled to learn about the collaboration between the Engineering and Art Departments of FSU to create the dynamic statues that were then donated to FrostburgFirst. The Community Development and Parks and Recreation Departments, in conjunction with FrostburgFirst, determined where to place the statues and the Parks and Recreation Department performed the installation. We couldn’t be happier with the way the project turned out, and we’re grateful to the University and FrostburgFirst for helping us create artful space!”
Additional projects to seasonally paint the installation and create a plaque describing the project are planned in the coming months. For more information, contact FrostburgFirst at (301) 689-6900 or email email@example.com