Lancaster hosted a global temporary art project started by the artist JR, who pays tribute to the power of individuals by displaying their portraits in open public spaces. Emmerson Collective paired with Dreamers to give local DACA recipients and supporters a platform to voice their concerns.
Formerly Located: Queen Street
Public Art Walk, Be Public Art!
Young high school students lead a tour of public art cites around the city of Lancaster. The tour included information and and discussions surrounding the artwork to engage the community with the pieces. Stops along the tour included the Ewell Gantz mural, Soldiers and Sailors monuments and much more. Local residents enjoyed learning more about the art and having ownership of their community artwork. Many wore the iconic red rose color of Lancaster to show community unity and be public art themselves.
Artist Béatrice Coron designed 19 primary color panels which make up the new MLK Wading Pool Fence. Each panel depicts a different mode of transportation, some fantasy and some realistic, each one a variation on the theme of “Moving in the Right Direction.” The gates of the fence are cut with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote, English on one panel and Spanish on the other.
Location: Martin Luther King Wading Pool, S. Duke St.
Lancaster Sound Map by Stuart Hyatt
Lancaster Sound Map (LSM) is a multi-faceted project revealing the diverse character of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Visiting eight times over the course of a year, artist Stuart Hyatt walked through the city and county recording sounds, meeting people and taking photographs. His field recordings were placed on a simple interactive web-based map and gallery.
Hyatt collaborated with FIELD WORKS—a collective that explores place through recorded sound—to compose original music based on LSM. The album, Born in the Ear, unravels in an epic walk, unearthing diverse stories, revealing a deeper sense of place, overlapping patterns of rural and urban, past and future.
Hyatt sought out and collaborated with many local artists: illustrator, author, middle-school-aged spoken word poets, community chorus, percussion group, director. Enriching not only the project, but also our creative community.
LSM is intended to be a growing platform of free-use content, from which many creative projects may arise.
For more information visit: www.lancastersoundmap.com
Silent Symphony by Lyman Whitaker and Whitaker Studios
42 kinetic sculptures made of copper and steel welcome residents and visitors into the City of Lancaster. Whitaker’s spectacular grouping of 42 individual wind sculptures creates a memorable and identifiable gateway into the city. It is Lancaster’s largest public art installation to date. Located in the center of the transportation hub comprised of the new Thaddeus Stevens Bridge and the Amtrak Station, the art is positioned in one of the most highly visible locations in the city. Every day, 28,000 vehicles enter the City of Lancaster via the Thaddeus Stevens Bridge. The Lancaster Amtrak Station serves over half a million people annually and is the second busiest train station in the state.
Location: Lancaster Train Station, 38 McGovern Avenue
Through Poetry Paths on the Street, we work with arts and community organizations throughout Lancaster to develop, commission and install pieces of art featuring poems. These original works of art are designed to seed new perspectives, create new connections, and bring beauty and intrigue to Lancaster’s residents and visitors.
To see more visit: www.poetrypaths.org
Brandon Park Revolutions Solar Sculpture by Stephen Fairfield and Fairfield Enterprises
18 foot tall stainless steel, solar powered sculptures that use less than 100 watts of electricity. Brightly colored LED lights change patterns and colors when motion activated.
Location: Brandon Park
Lancaster Brewing Co. Gateway Bundle Cistern by Austin + Mergold, LLC
This 35’ tall structure is not only an artist-designed public art installation but also a 750 gallon cistern that collects stormwater runoff from the Lancaster Brewing Company roof to maintain plants in the restaurant’s outside patio. Austin + Mergold LLC has conceptualized an urban version of a metal grain bin silo paying homage both to Lancaster’s agrarian culture and the production of beer itself. The Lancaster Gateway Bundle is a public art work and green infrastructure project that simultaneously operates as an urban threshold, community beacon, and cultural icon.
Location: Lancaster Brewing Company, 302 North Plum Street
Crystal Park Changing Gears Rainwater Sculpture by Ulrich Pakker
Bronze and stainless steel, LED-lit fountain in the shape of a barrel and spout, basin, and gears. The sculpture focuses on the ever-changing nature of the Crystal Park neighborhood and by extension the city and the region. The traditional lifestyle of the past is represented in the basin and pitcher grouping and the industrial, mechanical and digital components represent aspects of life in the 21st century.
Location: Crystal Park
Rodney Park Dancing Arches by Randy Walker
Inspired by the simple and universally welcoming archway form. The brilliantly colored arches celebrate Rodney Park’s renewed vitality and marks a journey from past to present. The sculpture is a destination for residents who have made journeys of their own. Made from twenty steel arches of varying colors and sizes, the sculpture is illuminated at night by LED lights that create a softly glowing beacon. Located at the tip of the park next to the splash pool Dancing Arches provides the perfect gateway to invite guest into the newly renovated park.
Location: Rodney Park
Ewell Gantz Mural by Students from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and Two Dudes Painting Company
Mural celebrating the lives of community activists Barney Ewell and Ida Gantz. Barney Ewell was an Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist at the 1948 Summer Olympics and one of the world’s leading sprinters. Ida Gantz was instrumental in the formation of Head Start in Lancaster, as well as other childcare initiatives. The wall is the backdrop to the Ewell Gantz Playground located on the corner of South Christian and North Street.
Location: 500 Block of North Street
Artist Designed Bike Racks at City Hall by Jeremy Waak
Artist designed stainless steel bike racks located outside the new City Hall Annex help to tie together the old and new buildings. The design was inspired by architectural window details on the old City Hall building built in a modified Venetian Renaissance style.
Location: City Hall, 120 North Duke Street
The Lancaster Rose by Daniel Witmer
8 foot powder coated metal sculpture depicting the City of Lancaster’s symbol – The Red Rose. Dedicated in honor of philanthropist Caroline Steinman Nunan.
Location: Musser Park
Echo by Milton Friedly
The circle motif represents travel and return – a journey to and from Lancaster. The groups of three circles are alternated as they are stacked to give the work movement and variety – a different look from a different station point. The flame-like motif on top represents a spirit for the future: excitement, growth and diversity – a stable, yet growing community.
Location: Musser Park
Embrace by Joshua Henschel
Abstract welded steel sculpture reminiscent of a figure with its arms extended in an embrace-like posture.
Location: Musser Park
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