Bowie: Past, Present and Future

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Client: City of Bowie, MD

Location: Bowie, MD, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $35,000

Project Team

Artist

Charles Bergen

Charles Bergen Studios

Historian

Mara Cherkasky

Prologue DC

Panel Fabricator

Jerald Musser

Cutting Unlimited

Tube Steel and Panel Installer

Adams

Mid Atlantic Welding and Fabrication

Overview

This narrative Centennial artwork, created by the team of Bergen, Cherkasky and Bailey, is made up of three large metalwork panels on an angled concrete base and features a coal locomotive, coal car and a caboose that represent the past. The three six by nine foot panels are readable from both sides so the artwork does not create a “front” or “back” side. The middle of the three flanking panels will be situated parallel to Excalibur Road and the other two panels will be placed at angles away from the road, similar to the existing Centennial Sign is placed.

Goals

The artwork was added to an existing landscape so we wanted to make it transparent and delicate so while it was large it did not overwhelm the site. We also wanted a design that would fascinate people and look different each time they passed by,

Process

Research and community meetings as well as a series of meetings with the clients.