The Town of Chestertown and the Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District first artwork commissioned under Chestertown’s Public Arts Master Plan, Artist and Engineer David Hess sculpture Broad Reach, is now being installed at Wilmer Park. A dedication Ceremony is scheduled for October 14, 2017.
Broad Reach was designed to provide a welcoming space for young families and visitors to Wilmer Park and pays tribute to Chestertown’s nautical past and strong connection to the Chester River. The sculpture has a 20-foot-tall sail, a breaking wave and grassy berms that mimic a ship’s wake. It also will be a beacon for Chestertown’s Arts and Entertainment District.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Public Arts Master Plan was written over the course of a year with input from over a hundred community members who participated in public forums. Maryland artist David Hess was selected after a national competition for his Broad Reach submission. Additional funding came from the SFW Foundation, the Town of Chestertown, the Chestertown High School Class of 1967 and many other groups and individuals.
The artwork is being dedicated in honor of artist and arts advocate Alex Castro. Castro during his time in Chestertown as a faculty member at Washington College chaired the jury that selected this first installation and was an integral part of the Public Arts Master Plan process.
The October 14th dedication ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. and will feature music by Jigs and Reels, poetry by Meredith Davies Hadaway, greetings from the artist, and a Chester River blessing of the large-scale steel sculpture. A reception will follow at the site.
Funding for the artwork itself is complete, however the Town still seeks gifts to complete the landscaping, site work and installation. Tax-deductible donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/CtownSculpture or by check marked “Broad Reach donation,” made payable to Town of Chestertown and mailed to 118 N. Cross Street, Chestertown, Md. 21620.
Slideshow of the transfer of one of the pieces of Broad Reach from the truck to the site.
Photographs: SG Atkinson