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Art In Public Places - Rockville City Police Station
ShieldsIn April 2013, a call for entries was distributed to local, regional and national artists for the Rockville City Police Station Art Project.The City of Rockville Department of Recreation and Parks and the Rockville Cultural Arts Commission was seeking an artist to create a work of art on the façade of the newly constructed Annex Building for the City’s Police Department.

UntitledThe desired theme was public service and public safety for a representational work of art.The artist would also need to consider the Post Office, a Rockville landmark that is adjacent to the Annex Building, while creating a site-specific art proposal.The all-inclusive budget is $75,000 for the art project.

Interested artists submitted digital images of previous public art projects and biographical information for consideration by the Artist Nomination Committee.The committee consisted of John Moser and Abe Brown, Cultural Arts Commissioners; Rob Achtmeyer, Historic District Commissioner; Eric Over, Rockville City Police representative; Ed Masik, project architect; and June Linowitz, art professional.

The Rockville TreeThe Committee reviewed the submitted materials and selected four finalists:the Team of Roberto Delgado and Yamilette Duarte of Los Angeles, CA; David Hess of Phoenix, MD; Charlotte Lees of Solon, OH and Joy Wulke of Stony Creek, CT.

Four Finalists
The finalists presented their art proposals to the Artist Nomination Committee on September 9. The Cultural Arts Commission were presented the art proposals on September 18.

A Home for All SeasonsThe Maryland Historic Trust approved the City's request to install artwork on the northeast facade of the new Police Station on October 7.The Historic District Commission voted for the Certificate of Approvalfor a public art installation on the north wall of the new Police Station on November 21.

Next Steps
The next step is to gather public comments. Public comments need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17.

The art proposals and recommendations from the Artist Nomination Committee and the Cultural Arts Commission as well as the public comments will be presented to the Mayor and Council for consideration and final award of the public art commission at an upcoming Mayor and Council meeting.