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 

(Artisans pictured below – Photo Bill Green – FNP)


Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade expresses a special gratitude to the Ausherman Family Foundation for having spearheaded our initial Call to Artisans in 2019, which helped us successfully launch our project!

From the Ausherman Family Foundation, from left to right: Marvin Ausherman, Chairman and Co-Founder, and Leigh Adams, Executive Director

“Our Foundation wants to empower the passion for change in Frederick County, and we were happy to collaborate with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek in launching such innovative project as Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade.”
– Marvin Ausherman, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Ausherman Family Foundation

The Ausherman Family Foundation has sponsored and now owns the artwork of Marguerite de Messières & Tsvetomir Naydenov entitled An Elusive Kinetic Portrait, which is displayed in 2022 for the third consecutive year.

For information about the Foundation, please visit The Ausherman Family Foundation  

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