Rhode Island Trolley Trail Sculptural Signage

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Client: Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and Maryland Area Heritage Authority

Location: Hyattsville, MD, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $67,000

Project Team

Historian

Mara Cherkasky

Prologue DC

Client

Hyattsville CDC

Hyattsville CDC

Artist

Charles Bergen

Charles Bergen Studios LLC

Industry Resource

Chris Sherman

Independent Custom Metal Works

Structural Engineer

Matt Daw PE

SGH Engineering

Overview

The Charles Bergen-led team created the Sculptural Wayfinding Signage Project for the Rhode Island Trolley Trail. Using the same as seen at the Trolley Trail Round House, they are set at eye level with a wide base, so that they are visually accessible. Arranged with the rhythm of railroad, slightly smaller horizontal tubes extend “through” and past the vertical tubes. When viewed from the “Front” and “Rear” the tubes evoke the pattern of the tracks. The three-part vertical division of the kiosk references the three communities adjacent to the trail. $35,000 artwork fabrication only. Client responsible for footings and installation.

Goals

The goal was to create sculptural elements that told the history of the Rhode Island Trolley Trail while providing a secure and beautiful support for the directional signage.

Process

Upon submitting an initial sketch I was shortlisted. I worked with the client's representative to refine the design and incorporate and strengthen those elements that were most appealing. After being selected as the piece to be fabricated I worked with SGH Engineering and Independent Custom Metal Works a local fabricator in Hyattsville, MD to have the work fabricated.

Additional Information

Initially three sculptural kiosks were funded through the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and Maryland Area Heritage Authority. About two years later they got funding for a fourth kiosk. This explains the budget discrepancy between codaworx and my website.