Statue Lake Linganore

A 35-foot-tall steel sculpture has been built in the roundabout on Md. 144 at Eaglehead Drive.

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.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(6) comments

Jleftwich

I’m surprised the County allowed it. There are ordinances/regulations limiting the timeframe for realtor signs in the county right-of-way because of distraction (among other things) but this ... towering inferno is allowed?

Greg F

Real estate signs are not works of art...and if you have a problem going through a roundabout with a statue in the middle of it, maybe you need to turn in your license.

mikec

"...an impressive place to experience nature. Just as a campfire centers us in the outdoors, so too does Lake Linganore."

This is too funny. Linganore today has nothing to do with nature. Don't believe me, look at the newer Linganore developments and the current dust bowls on Gas House Pike. Whole forests have been bulldozed as the Young and Delauter vision for Linganore is realized- less trees, less green space and more Ryan Homes.

Greg F

I totally agree. The entire area is being bulldozed and entire hills are being carved down and valleys filled to level land for (wait for it).....MORE HOUSES!!! Yet Gas House Pike remains fit for horse and buggy only.

mikec

Your point about Gas House Pike being fit for horse and buggy only is so true. This also applies to Boyers Mill Road and Yeagertown Road. In addition to the blight that is over-devlopment, there is a real safety issue in and around Linganore. The roads can't support the current populace and it's only going to get worse.

As for the campfire sculpture, it's just more marketing lipservice from Linganore and developers. The only green thing they care about is money. Linganore used to be a unique neighborhood, with homes that blended into nature. Now the nature is bulldozed and flattened.

Greg F

I gotta add..love your note about Ryan Homes...they care nothing of quality...just pop up garbage, overpriced homes that look good at first glance and fall apart less than a year later. The last one I was in was a model home not far and the floors were squeaky already and I could see shoddy workmanship throughout. So glad I didn't buy out there or with Ryan...or any of their affiliates. Like furniture made with cardboard....comfy only for the first few sits.

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