Recently photographer SG Atkinson did a Public Art in Chestertown photo essay on our facebook page. (Click here to view). From this the ChesaDel Crier has decided to expand this to finding and documenting Public Art through the region.
The Association for Public Art (www.associationforpublicart.org says “Public art can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are.”
Our photographer SG Atkinson has been photographing public art for awhile, although he wasn’t really aware of what he was photographing. After doing the photo essay, he decided to look through his photographs and put together a 2018 Calendar.
Our view of Public Art may not be the accepted view, but it is one that we are embracing. One that says Art comes in many different forms.
Even though at times it happens in a moment, nature creates a lot of spectacular art. The perfect bookends for the calendar is an Ocean City Sunrise for January and a Chesapeake Bay Sunset for December.
Public art can also be the simple seasonal street decoration or the fireworks on the 4th of July.
Then there is public pieces placed long ago such as the fountain in Chestertown, MD and the monument to Queen Anne at the Court House Square in Centreville. Yes, the same court house that was in a film tribute to America during this past year’s Super Bowl.
There are the monuments and memorial honoring the Waterman in Rock Hall, MD or the WWII memorial in Cambridge, MD.
There are those pieces that are truly placed as public art, such as the pieces found in Denton, MD near the Art Council building, the Osprey sculpture in the park in Easton and the area’s newest Broad Reach, which was just dedicated in Chestertown, MD.
SG Atkinson’s Delmarva Scenes – Public Art 2018 Calendar can be acquired through from Lulu.com (Click Here to Order)
These photographs are part of SG Atkinson’s Delmarva Scenes project where he is photographing the usual, unusual, the beautiful and not so pretty scenes of the Delmarva Peninsula. The Public Art Calendar is one of four that he has published this year, Kent County in Pictures (Best of 2013-2016), Kent County in Pictures and Delmarva Scenes. They can be purchased at www.lulu.com/spotlight/sgatkinson
More on this project can be discovered at DelmarvaScenes.com
We will be using the profit of this calendar to continue to discover and showcase the Public Art that is Between the Bays.