Annual Sculpture Exhibit Now Open in Rockville (PHOTOS)
Rockville’s annual arts display, Sculpture on the Grounds, offers large-scale sculptures in a free, outdoor exhibit at Rockville Civic Center Park now through October. The park is located at 603 Edmonston Drive and includes Glenview Mansion, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, the Cottage and the Croydon Creek Nature Center on more that 150 acres of grounds.
The annual sculpture exhibit began in 1987 and encourages visitors to appreciate art while strolling through the picturesque park grounds. This year’s exhibit includes “In Harmony” by Paul Steinkoenig and “Siegel and Shuster” by Adam Walls.
“Siegel & Shuster”
Artist: Adam Walls, Hope Mills, N.C.
“Siegel & Shuster” serves as homage to the co-creators of Superman. Though perhaps only a few fans of the iconic character might be able to understand all of my references to him in this sculpture.
Artist: Paul Steinkoenig, Hyattsville, Md.
This kinetic sculpture is 10 feet tall and made of welded steel. The kinetic motion of this sculpture creates sounds as the tall “blades” hum and vibrate during lesser winds and even clank as they hit one another during a stronger wind. The sounds inspired the name “In Harmony.”
The title, “In Harmony,” relates to far more than simply the sounds made by this sculpture. The inspiration for this work grew from the vision of people living and working together to create community together based on respect and tolerance of their differences — as well as recognition of sameness. Differences of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and culture can separate human beings one from another. A choice to tolerate and respect those differences creates harmony.
Notice that the blades of the sculpture are all made of the same material: welded steel. The difference lies in the surface treatment only. Standing together, the blades function as a unity of diversity and sameness. Far more of each blade’s characteristics are similar to rather than different from the other blades.