ARTISANS

Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade displays eight kinetic sculptures year-round in the

segment of Carroll Creek located east of East Street, Downtown Frederick, Maryland.

We are proud to present our artisans and their creation along with their respective sponsors/owners!

Since 2020

AN ELUSIVE KINETIC PORTRAIT

By Marguerite de Messières and Tsvetomir Naydenov  

A silvery kinetic art sculpture gently rotates above the water. A breeze creates soft clinking sounds and sets a thousand colorful aluminum tiles in motion. As the wind strengthens, the shimmering grid reveals the ghostly portrait of Theophilus Thompson, a 19th-century Frederick native considered the earliest documented African American chess expert in the United States.

An Elusive Kinetic Portrait is displayed in 2022 for the third consecutive year.

For information about the artisans, please click on Marguerite de Messières and on Tsvetomir Naydenov  and for their artwork done in collaboration, please click on Margot & Tsetso  Artisans pictured below – Photo Bill Green – FNP)

TREE of LIFE

By Thomas Sterner

This intricate 10-foot tall and 9-foot wide kinetic art sculpture features seven rotating sets of branches along its central trunk, and includes 87 animals representing all phylum classes. Each 6”-12” tall and wide silhouette was drawn by the artisan, laser cut from flat steel, shaped (concave/convex) to capture the wind movement, and then hand-painted on both sides.

Tree of Life is displayed in 2022 for the third consecutive year.

For information about the artisan, please click on Thomas Sterner (Artisan pictured below – Photo Bill Green – FNP)

Three Little Birds

By Erin Aylor

An inspiring kinetic art sculpture displays a dynamic 9-foot tall and 8-foot wide tree made of mild and color-reflecting stainless steel, and merges nature and imagination. Above the tree is a 12-foot wide mobile pole with two suspended flying birds sculpted of copper and flamed finished. A third similarly designed bird quietly rests on the tree.

Three Little Birds is displayed in 2022 for the third consecutive year.

For information about the artisan, please click on Erin Aylor (Artisan pictured below – Photo Bill Green – FNP)

Since 2021

Murmuration

By Marguerite de Messières and Tsvetomir Naydenov

Honoring the weight of loneness, the beauty and power of community, and the bright tenacity of hope, Murmuration was designed to be reflective and emotional. It is made of a weather-sealed mild steel structure with thousands of small colored aluminum tiles strung on a swirling grid steel wire and using high quality bearings. The kinetic sculpture spins, flips, and twists smoothly in the breeze over the surface of the water, shimmering and flickering in a silvery ethereal cloud. The artwork spans 12 feet in width and reaches 10 feet above water.

Murmuration is displayed in 2022 for the second consecutive year.

For information about the artisans, please click on Marguerite de Messières and on Tsvetomir Naydenov and for their artwork done in collaboration, please click on Margot & Tsetso  (Artisans pictured below)

Water Lily with Dragon Fly

By Thomas Sterner

Designed to express beauty and simplicity, Water Lily with Dragon Fly is a shiny light-reflecting sanded stainless steel floral kinetic sculpture with wind-catching petals and integrated solar powered lights. Using a planishing hammer technique, the artisan created strong concave petals and also heated the stainless steel at selected areas to add yellow and blueish hues. The sculpture has two aligned and smooth-turning interior thrust bearings, spans 8 feet in width, and reaches 8 feet above water.

Water Lily with Dragon Fly is displayed in 2022 for the second consecutive year.

For information about the artisan, please click on Thomas Sterner  (Artisan pictured below)

Rotary Lotus

Designed by Rotarian Bernard Gouin, illustrated by Charles-Etienne Gouin, and fabricated under the leadership of Rotarian Doug Fauth

Designed to induce peace, serenity, and a contemplative state, Rotary Lotus is a four-level counter-revolving kinetic sculpture expressing our internal movements in a holistic perspective. It is made of aluminum petals with welded wind-catching cavities and is crowned at the top by a ring of aluminum wind-catching pistils. The artwork is powder-coat painted, spans 6 feet in height, 9 feet in width, and reaches 8 feet above water.

Rotary Lotus is displayed in 2022 for the second consecutive year.

Pictured from left to right: Artisans Doug Fauth and Bernard Gouin 

Orbital Dance

By Erin Aylor

Reminiscent of Old Frederick Maypole dancers performing in unison to recognize the changing seasons and cycles of life, Orbital Dance represents water dancers circling in unison to celebrate spring and new beginnings under an orbiting solar system. The ten 24-inch tall dancers are created from various metals in a variety of colors and textures to express inclusivity and acceptance of all people. The kinetic sculpture spans 8 feet in height and 6 feet in width.

Orbital Dance is displayed in 2022 for the second consecutive year.

For information about the artisan, please click on Erin Aylor (Artisan pictured below)

Since 2022

Together As one

By Thomas Sterner

A tridimensional stainless steel school of over 130 fish, each ranging 6-16 inches in length and rotating freely on its own axis, Together As One is shaped as a large 12-foot long fish colored with iridescent gradient finishes, swimming and bobbing upstream while creating undulating waves in the wind.

Together As One will be displayed in 2022 for the first time.

For information about the artisan, please click on Thomas Sterner (Artisan pictured below)

2023 Previews

Video to come in the spring 2023

Blooming Life

By Davide Prete

Symbolizing nature in blooming forms and colors, this captivating sculptural flower is composed of three series of counter revolving painted aluminum petals connected to a stainless steel curved stem. It spans 5 feet in diameter and reach 5 feet above the water where its reflection amplifies its spinning colors and merges with the surrounding environment.

Blooming Life will be displayed in April 2023 for the first time.

For information about the artisan, please click on Davide Prete (Artisan pictured below)

Video to come in the spring 2023

Note: the 2 silhouettes will be part of the same sculpture and are shown separately above for illustration purposes only.

We Rise By Lifting Others

By Kirk Seese

Four silhouettes vibrantly colored to express diversity and inclusion, rise in unison and lift others to higher levels. It is made of shaped cold-rolled steel, painted with enamel coatings, reaches 10 feet above the water and spans 5 feet in width. This well-balanced sculpture spins in the wind and chimes soothing music.

We Rise By Lifting Others will be displayed in April 2023 for the first time.

For information about the artisan, please click on Kirk Seese (Artisan pictured below)

Video to come in the spring 2023

Tranquil Dance

By Thomas Sterner

Smoothly revolving while randomly flexing and twisting, this pair of nature leafy stems creates an elegant lifelike dance in the wind. Made entirely of stainless steel heated to achieve a variation of colors, it stands 10 feet tall and spans 5 to 9 feet as it moves and rotates. Its 3 articulating joints work together and in opposition and use gravity as a second kinetic force thus generating unpredictable movement.

Tranquil Dance will be displayed in April 2023 for the first time.

For information about the artisan, please click on Thomas Sterner (Artisan pictured below)

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