And the Rockville Police Department Public Art Commission Goes to …

Which work of art would you like to see adorn the façade of the police department’s new annex building on Montgomery Avenue? The City of Rockville wants to know.

"Untitled" by David Hess. Dimensions:7' wide x 10' tall Material: Stainless Steel (Credit: City of Rockville)
"Untitled" by David Hess. Dimensions:7' wide x 10' tall Material: Stainless Steel (Credit: City of Rockville)

Rockville residents have until Friday to help the city determine which work of art will adorn the Rockville City Police Department’s new annex.

The city is considering four public art proposals for the north wall of the building on Montgomery Avenue. 

The nomination committee comprised of representatives from the Cultural Arts Commission and Historic District Commission, police department and others, selected four finalists: 

The Rockville Tree | The Team of Roberto Delgado and Yamilette Duarte of Los Angeles
The 50-foot by 25-foot ceramic tile mural “will contain imagery of people in scenes of service and safety in Rockville; Rockville's commitment to environment and sustainability and graphics and words reinforcing public service and safety,” according to a description on the city’s website.

Untilted | David Hess of Phoenix, MD
The 7-foot by 10-foot, stainless steel sculpture incorporates the outline of the Rockville police badge and “creates a visual framework in which the Rockville citizens are represented as a thriving community.” 

Shields | Charlotte Lees of Solon, Ohio
According to the city’s website, the aluminum and stainless steel mural incorporates traditional images with contemporary design “that that represent the police department's commitment to their community.” The work is comprised of four, 6-foot discs, one 5-foot disc and a 20-foot by 30-foot banner with the cutout words.

A Home for All Seasons: Shelter, Growth and Transformation | Joy Wulke of Stony Creek, CT
A mural of stainless steel inlays of Dichrolam glass depict the native maple and dove as symbols of public service, safety, growth protection and transformation.

Public comments, with recommendations from the the Artist Nomination Committee and the Cultural Arts Commission, will help guide the Mayor and Council’s decision Jan. 6, when it is expected to determine who will get the public art commission.

The budget for this project is $75,000, a city spokesperson said.

Funding will come from the city’s "Incorporation of Works of Art in Public Architecture" ordinance, which requires 1 percent of the public construction project costs be set aside for works of art.  

The finalists’ proposals (shown in the photos above) are in display in the City Hall atrium. Residents can offer feedback at the city’s website, RockvilleMD.gov. For more information on the art selection process, please contact Betty Wisda at 240-314-8681 or bwisda@rockvillemd.gov.


At a total cost of about $9 million, Rockville renovated the historic former U.S. Post Office at Washington Street and Montgomery Avenue and built a 14,538-square-foot annex immediately behind it. The police station has been operating from the site since September 2012. 

Last April, the City of Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks and the Rockville Cultural Arts Commission began a search for an artist to create a work of art on the façade of the annex building.  

The finalists presented their art proposals to the Artist Nomination Committee on Sept. 9. The Cultural Arts Commission received the art proposals on Sept. 18.

The Maryland Historic Trust approved the City's request to install artwork on the northeast facade of the new police station on Oct. 7.

The Historic District Commission voted for the certificate of approval for a public art installation on the north wall of the new Police Station on Nov. 21.

Joe Shono December 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM
I think the city needs to stop wasting money on stupid art. They should have spent money on parking for the police station. Even better - Since the corrupt leaders of Rockville have not honored the pay scale for ANY of the employees of the city for OVER 5 years, maybe they should rethink decorating Terry's palace and fix the salary problem. This project is a joke. Take care of your employees for heaven's sake.
MoCoRes December 18, 2013 at 09:38 AM
Was there an option for none of the above? I find none of them to be appealing. And not sure why the city is spending money on art anyway. I get that the space is rather cold but perhaps that should have been thought of during the redesign. Have they thougth about cheaper alternatives than expensive art? Besides, the city's track record on public art has not been stellar. Look at the "art" in Welsh park on the corner of Manakee and Martins Lane as one example.
Jeff Hawkins December 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Yes....."none of the above" would be the correct answer. Another "eyesore" on the way and a waste of money to boot. How bout the POS that sits on Park Rd. & Horners Lane near the Metro station......bright "orange" and right next to a single family home......horrible looking.
William Charles December 18, 2013 at 01:49 PM
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Joseph Jordan December 18, 2013 at 02:17 PM
We can all do our civic duty and let the City know none of the pieces displayed are acceptable. Just because policy says $75K has to be used toward art for the CIP project shouldn't mean it has to be spent on one piece or stuck on the side of a building. Art on buildings is usually bad art. Put the money aside for future consideration.


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