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COVID-19 Memorial Public Art Project

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of almost 10,000 Marylanders—including close to 1,700 Baltimore County residents—since Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski declared a local state of emergency on March 13, 2020. In March of 2021, the County Executive expressed the wish to commemorate and honor the lives lost and all those affected by COVID-19, by creating a public art memorial. 

The goal of this initiative is an artwork that provides a place for remembrance and reconciliation, and creates a meditative space representing hope, unity and healing. The selected artist will work with Baltimore County staff, a team of esteemed artists and art educators, and the local community to create an evocative public memorial that responds to the aesthetics of the site and the themes identified by the project team.

About the Lake Roland Park Site

Centered on Lake Roland in the Jones Falls valley, Lake Roland Park was chosen as the installation site because it is among acres of open space and includes multiple trails for hiking, biking, running and strolling. The site identified for potential installation can be seen in the Lake Roland site maps (PDF).

Other park features include:

  • A nature center
  • Two picnic pavilions
  • A children’s playground
  • The Paw Point Dog Park
  • An area to launch canoes and kayaks.

The park also has 503 acres of exceptionally diverse ecosystems including wetlands, meadows and mature hardwood forests. Most significant is the environmentally-sensitive Serpentine Barrens in the southwest corner of the park. This rare ecosystem in the Bare Hills area is home to many endangered species of flora and fauna. Lake Roland is historically significant, with two National Register Historic Districts.

Lake Roland Nature Council

Lake Roland Nature Council (LRNC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the stewardship of Lake Roland. In partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Council works to maintain, preserve and protect the natural environment and historical structures in the park, providing a legacy for future generations. Direct coordination with Baltimore County and the LRNC will be required to ensure freestanding public art complies with area specifications.

Project Timeline

Up to $100,000 will be made available to support this project. Stipends have been awarded to three finalists to develop their concepts. Submissions will be evaluated by panelists, including members of the Arts and Sciences Commission.

  • September 1Virtual Community Meeting: Meet the Artists
  • September 27—Finalist Notified and Announced
  • September and October—Proposal Development Phase
  • November 2021 to April 2022—Final Design Phase and Fabrication
  • Spring 2022—Installation

Contact Information

For more information, email hluce@baltimorecountymd.gov or jnormington@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
Revised September 1, 2021         

 

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