Salisbury, MD: Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District is pleased to announce the installation of a new piece of public art in Downtown Salisbury. Bloom by Blaine Steiner is a three-part steel sculpture with multiple lighted cast glass elements designed to reference the growth of Downtown Salisbury in recent years. The sculpture will be located along the bank of the Wicomico River, near the intersection of Circle Avenue and W. Market Street across from Market Street Inn Restaurant and Pub. An unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the City of Salisbury Mayor’s Office is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 4 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.
“The three elements of the sculpture tie together the present, past and future and speaks to the vitality of our City”, says artist Blaine Steiner. She continues to explain “as the sun moves across the sky, light will shine through the work and create dynamic shadows and the nature of the cast glass elements are such that the work will have a totally different feel depending on if its interacting with reflected or transmitted light, creating a dynamic, ever-changing work of art depending on time of day and season”. Blaine Steiner is a senior at Salisbury University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and works as studio assistant in both the glass blowing and sculpting departments.
“We are so thrilled to have Bloomnearing completion, I can’t wait to see it fully installed”, says Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Executive Director Jamie Heater. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council’s Public Art Program, and matched by the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District, with in-kind support from Salisbury University. A call for proposals was publicly advertised last winter, and while there were multiple fantastic proposals submitted, Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District’s Public Art Committee selected Bloom based on multiple criteria, including creativity, technical viability, and connection to the community. Bloomis the first project that Salisbury has submitted for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Public Art Grant, but hopes to continue to submit concepts annually in the future.
Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City of Salisbury to produce events, public art, and to market arts & entertainment related activities in Downtown Salisbury, in hopes of spurring growth, economic development and community pride. For more information on Salisbury Arts District please visit www.SalisburyArtsDistrict.com