Public Art makes the place: It has the ability to be critiqued and enjoyed publicly, and thus to impact all that pass through a space. As Public Art is a great asset to any community, we are proud to showcase the sculptures and murals we have collaborated on or sponsored.
Sculpture and Murals
This program is designed to connect participating property owners across Route 1 with selected artists from a juried pool of street artists, to craft an artwork on each property that will visually resonate with our community's many voices. We've already fundraised for 20 small-scale public artworks across Hyattsville, North Brentwood, Brentwood, and Mount Rainier (5 works per municipality); we welcome your help.
You can also view the MyGatewayArts.org Public Art Locator for more public art in the Arts District.
Some of Prince George's Countys Birds-I-View birds are located in distinct places around Hyattsville, including one at Hyattsville Elementary School, one in Centennial Park, and one between Longfellow Street and 41st Place.
A full map is available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mygatewayarts/7369635554.
Design and Artist: "Hyattsville Horn Section: An Urban Musical Instrument" by Christopher Janney. This interactive performance sculpture creates a "sonic portrait" of Prince George's County. It is composed of 5 colorful independent 9ft horn instrument forms spaced so people can walk among them. A map of the County is embedded in the instruments. There are a series of “hand plates” that when touched illuminate and the instruments play a sound or group of sounds from a "sound bank" -- a combination of environmental, historical and melodic sounds significant to the County and its impact on the region. A County-specific riddle is engraved on a stainless steel plaque at the center of the sculpture. When the riddle is deciphered and "hand plates" are touched in the correct pattern, the instruments will play a saxophone "short" in reply. The sculpture is lit from dusk to dawn.
The artwork is located on the grassy area at the corner of Farragut and Rhode Island Avenue in front of the County Service Building in the City of Hyattsville, anchoring the Hyattsville end of the Gateway Arts District corridor. It is visible by vehicle traffic along Rhode Island Avenue and the Baltimore Avenue Bridge. It is accessible to pedestrians along Rhode Island Avenue and Farragut Street.
The Hyattsville CDC facilitated the development of the mosaic-styled bench located between Franklins and the intersection of Route 1 and Alt. Route 1. Students from Northwestern High School were partnered with local artist Valerie Theberge to design the colorful bench.
Mural Project at Centennial Park
The installation of the Centennial Park Mural Project on the side of the Hyattsville Vacuum Cleaner Service Building. The mural features local artist Jerome Johnson’s vision of the City’s historical identity within the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area.
Pilgrim's Quandary - CDC Sponsored
Installed at “Art on the Plaza” at Post Park Apartments: In early 2009, Gateway Arts District artist Alan Binstock won a juried competition for his sculpture proposal called “ A Pilgrim’s Quandary”. The 2000 pounds sculpture was finally installed in October 2009, and can be viewed in all its glory on the plaza of the Post Park Apartments located at 3300 East-West Highway across from the Home Depot.
Route 1 Ride provides fast, efficient, and inexpensive public transportation while assisting in the economic development of the Route 1 Corridor from Mount Rainier to North College Park. In Fall 2012, the Route 1 Ride Collaborative issued a bus wrap competition. Its winning finalist's design will be installed Winter 2013.