Anyone walking or driving along Md. 144 in the Linganore area may have noticed the new addition to the neighborhood — a 35-foot-high sculpture at Eaglehead Drive.
It’s called “Campfire,” the work of Joshua Wiener, a Boulder, Colorado, artist selected from more than 50 artists from across the U.S. to create a piece of public art at the intersection.
The design team for the Linganore community used a website to find artists to create a piece, said Jason Wiley of Elm Street Development, the developers of Linganore Town Center and surrounding communities.
The sculpture is the product of more than two years of collaboration with the Lake Linganore Association and the Frederick County Division of Public Works to create the concept for the piece and get the permits necessary to put it in the public right of way at Md. 144 and Eaglehead Drive, Wiley said.
Campfires create a destination and can draw people together, Wiener said in a statement.
“Whether you are passing fast on I-70 or slowly on Old National Pike, you can appreciate what the composition evokes,” he wrote. “For those who get to know Lake Linganore intimately, this sculpture will be a landmark for the quality of life that is enjoyed here, as the comfort and joy of a campfire evokes the essence of Lake Linganore as an impressive place to experience nature. Just as a campfire centers us in the outdoors, so too does Lake Linganore. This piece evokes a sense of destination, arrival, and curiosity.”
The piece is designed to change perspectives as someone moves around the roundabout at the intersection, he said. The sculpture is 35 feet tall and weighs about 25,000 pounds, Wiener said.
Roundabouts can be boring if you don’t do anything in them, and the sculpture was a chance to create a unique entrance to the neighborhood, Wiley said.
Several retail and commercial sites are planned for the area around Md. 144 and Eaglehead Drive, including a possible grocery store, leading to the more residential parts of the community.
The sculpture is an effort to make the entrance look as complete as possible, Wiley said.