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'Origami Made of Steel' Takes Root in East Rockville

Steel and tile sculpture finds home near Rockville Metro station.

As warm early spring temperatures brought flowers out in Rockville last week, a large, orange-topped steel and tile sculpture blossomed on the corner of Park Road and South Stonestreet Avenue.

Wayne Healy, of Los Angeles, Calif., was in town for a three-day installation of the 12-foot-tall sculpture near the Rockville Metro station where the edge of Rockville Town Center meets East Rockville neighborhood.

The City Council voted in October 2010 to award Healy a $30,000 contract to create the sculpture.

The award was recommended by an artist nomination committee composed of members of the city's Cultural Arts Commission; leaders of the East Rockville Civic Association, Lincoln Park Civic Association and Legacy at Lincoln Park Homeowners Association; and art consultant June Linowitz.

The sculpture was selected from three finalists out of a pool of 15 local, regional and national artists.

Healy, in an interview for a upcoming story on Rockville 11, said he calls the sculpture "origami ... made of steel."

It incorporates images suggested by Rockville residents, he said, including important historical Rockville landmarks, neighborhoods and figures such as the B&O Railroad, Lincoln Park and William Gibbs.

Jeff Hawkins April 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Theresa, I do realize that a consensus was reached regarding this. You are indeed correct in evaluating my opinion on that result. It looks so out of place there. Kind of reminds of a half-buried Nuclear warhead or a very fancy Jiffy-John or one of those "recepticles" for donating shoes and clothing! A bright "orange" top? How 'bout a turquoise bench and then it could be a "HoJo"! Yes....art can elicite all of those emotions you mention, but it also does not have to be on the curb of a busy street. How will it effect the property value of that poor soul's house shown in the photo? That person has to look out of their window everyday at that thing. Imagine trying to sell that house? Curb appeal??
C P April 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM
CP Regarding the "Origami Made of Steel" - Now I get It. Manual orange juicer: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=manual+orange+juicer&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=iWJ&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&biw=999&bih=840&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=17145333647371567256&sa=X&ei=bVKET8y-EuXA0QGs8JG8Bw&ved=0CH0Q8wIwAg .
Jeff Hawkins April 13, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Good one CP.................LOL........thanks for the link!
Doug R April 13, 2012 at 02:29 PM
HA! That's funny....
Robert February 08, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I have to say it has been there a while now and it still hasn't "grown on me". I find it unattractive and pointless. I think it is an embarrassment to the neighborhood I live in. I think the location is a perfect place to make a good impression and an opportunity that was missed. It wasn’t even a local artist, at least if it were then the case could be made that the arts program in the city was supporting local artist. Is there anything that says art can’t be functional and still be art? http://www.angusross.co.uk/index.html http://www.mendenhallstudio.com/walt/images/PA-MapleLeafBench_lrg.jpg

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