The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the City of Baltimore sponsor the second annual Baltimore Sculpture Project, an outdoor sculpture exhibition that engages sites throughout downtown: McKeldin Square Sculpture Park in the Inner Harbor, the Artscape Festival site on Mt. Royal Avenue near the Maryland Institute College of Art, Preston Gardens on St. Paul Place, the Baltimore Convention Center, and the Station North and Highlandtown Arts & Entertainment Districts.
This year, for the first time, the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District sponsored an exhibit of eight pieces in the Patterson Park extension, at the western gateway to he Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District and the Highlandtown Main Street. With the generous support of the Abell Foundation, the Southeast Community Development Corporation and the Highlandtown Community Association, BOPA placed these pieces along Eastern Avenue in Patterson Park.
Neighbors remark on the “double takes” of people walking along the Park when they first see the pieces. The community association held an artist appreciation party, complete with steel band, to introduce the neighbors to the artists. The dream of the Highlandtown Arts! organization, a public sculpture garden in the Patterson Park extension, was beginning to be realized.
About the Art & the Artists
NEW RUIN (wood, cinder blocks, acrylic & artificial grass)
Jackson Martin—Johnson City, TN
“’New Ruin’ is composed of 200 cinder blocks stacked in the shape of a step pyramid. Bolted to the top of each tier are wooden boards and lining the sides of the blocks are acrylic sheets. If the viewer climbs to the summit of the structure they discover a layer of artificial grass covered by a piece of thick acrylic. The sculpture is intended to simultaneously represent beautiful ancient Babylonian ziggurats as well as imperfect contemporary construction materials & techniques. “
Jackson Martin was born on a commune in rural Tennessee in 1978. At age 10 Martin moved to Nashville, TN with his family where he graduated from Hume Fogg Academic High School in 1997. Martin received his BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004 and earned his MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007. He exhibited regularly while living in Baltimore, MD at venues such as Area 405 and the Maryland Art Place. He has also shown work at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, the Gallery at Flashpoint in Washington, DC and was part of the 11th Annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival in Brooklyn, NY. He was also an artist in residence at the Hall Farm Center as well as the Vermont Studio Center. Martin currently lives and works in Johnson City, TN with his wife and daughter. Please see www.jacksonmartin.com for more information.
GROWTH (Soil, sand, beeswax and wildflower seeds native to Maryland)
Jessie Lehson—Baltimore, MD
STELE XXXXV (metal and wood)
Paul Glasgow—Reisterstown, MD
“The principle elements within my sculptures
Are the human form and architectural structure.
I use these components to express my philosophy
and the psychology of man. In this work, I convey
man’s isolation, vulnerability, and sexuality.
Architecturally, my interest in building is the
Way forms relate, stack, touch, and the tension within
Their balance and support.
I believe that art is an expression of man’s
Essence, his inner self and his relationship to
the world. It represents an archetypal pattern and
is a metaphysical view of man.”
Dana Loren Stewart: Multiple Bronze Sculptures
Dana Stewart was born and raised in California, where he developed keen interests in art, animals and surfing. He has an unusual, fun and personal sculptural menagerie. He currently (23 years now) operates a commercial casting facility in Lambertville, NJ, where he produces his sculptures in bronze and provides the service to many other artists.
When asked specifically about the sculptures in Patterson Park, he said, “The theme is long tails. All the animals have really long tails.”