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Poetry in Place in Twinbrook (PHOTOS)

Arriving on a flatbed truck, Poetry Stones, the first of three new public art pieces curated for JBG in Twinbrook is in place at The Terano, JBG’s new mixed-use community in Rockville.

Kenneth Goldsmith, poet laureate of New York’s Museum of Modern Art created the piece, according to a news release from JBG.

“Poetry Stones is a series of stones inscribed with words chosen for the poetic resonance and the mysterious qualities of flowers. Instead of common names like daffodil or marigold, I used ‘moonplaster’ and ‘subsummer,’” Goldsmith explained. “The words that are embedded will remain mysterious and beautiful.”

Seven inscribed sandstones make up the artwork near the corner of Fishers Lane and Higgins Place, some as big as 7 feet by 3 feet.

Poetry Stones is the first of three new public art pieces curated for JBG in Twinbrook by Howie Chen, a former curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He explained that the new pieces selected for Twinbrook are “site-responsive,” meaning that each considers the site, public usage and specific surroundings of its location.

Two additional pieces will be installed later this year as part of Rockville’s Art in Public Places program- another sculpture at The Terano by Sarah Dorrner and one by James Angus at Galvan, which is under construction nearby on Rockville Pike. Chen also secured international sculptor Howard McCalebb for the 2010 installation of Butterfly and Cat’s Tail at The Alaire, JBG’s first mixed-use community in Twinbrook Station, a 30-acre redevelopment around the Twinbrook Metro.

Photos Courtesy of JBG:

  • Terano Poetry Stones 6/29
  • Terano Poetry Stones 6/29

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