Palmer Park Community

Submitted by Bonnie Fitzgerald

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Client: The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Location: Landover, MD, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $45,000

Project Team

Artist

Bonnie Fitzgerald

Client

Palmer Park Community Center

Overview

This public art commission was designed as a visual landmark for a recently renovated community center. A series of large glass mosaic panels depict activities at the center. The silhouettes and gradient background colors made for a bold and striking composition. The panels range in size, the largest 10 feet x 9 feet, the smallest 3 feet x 5 feet. Materials: Stained glass and custom colored grout.

Goals

The art work funding was a percent for art commission. Building construction had already been designed and was underway when call to artists was sent out. It was imperative the art-work be harmonious with the building in addition to serving the community aesthetic. The installation was a very challenging location, inside a fire exit stairwell. The artwork is only viewed from a main road. The wall measures 19 feet wide x 10 feet high. It was essential the artwork serve as a landmark, a beacon for the neighborhood.

Process

Fitzgerald worked closely with community members and stakeholders. Attending several community meetings Fitzgerald worked to completely understand what the art work needed to convey. The design represents activities important to the community that occur within its walls.

Additional Information

The installation location was very challenging requiring sophisticated and costly scaffolding. The community center is an extremely important part of the Palmer Park Community, it is a safe haven, it is a place kids can count on, there are countless activities for all ages. The artwork transformed the building and supported a sense of community pride.