Q & A

What is the Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade?

We are a not-for-profit privately funded community enhancement project initiated and managed by the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, which pursues its legacy of adding vitality and beautification to Downtown Frederick, Maryland.

We operate a 100% volunteer project that offers residents and organizations the opportunity to sponsor regional artisans in the creation of kinetic sculptures and to partner their resources towards the display of kinetic artwork.

Why kinetic art?

Visual art is a universal language. It resonates with people and brings them together. Kinetic art is simply mesmerizing and induces a peaceful contemplative state.

Where is the Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade?

Year around, we display up to eight kinetic sculptures in the middle of Carroll Creek in the segment located east of East Street, Downtown Frederick. 

Our intimate metal sculptures express a rich blend of history, artistry, and inspiration. They are appropriately separated from each other and provide eye-level enjoyment from the promenade.

View our 3-Minute Aerial Video

Who are the participants?

We launched our project in 2020 by inviting regional artisans living within 80 miles of Frederick to submit their kinetic sculpture designs, and by encouraging local individuals and organizations to sponsor the creation process and eventually become the rightful owners.

See our Artisans and their kinetic sculptures

Meet our Sponsors/Owners 

A small army of generous partners has contributed financial and in-kind resources to help us establish our physical and digital infrastructure for years to come.

View the list of our Partners

We manage the project through an Executive Committee, an Artistic Review Committee, and an Installation Committee.

Meet our Management Teams

How do we exhibit?

In April 2022, our kinetic exhibit will reach its capacity and display eight impressive sculptures.

Each April thereafter, we will replace some of the current kinetic sculptures and add new ones to our exhibit, thus providing a constant artistic renewal.

A kinetic sculpture will be exhibited in Carroll Creek for a minimum of one year, which period could be extended annually for up to three years, should the sponsor/owner so decide.

We are actively working on securing publicly accessible host sites in Frederick for the kinetic sculptures that will eventually be rotated off our main exhibit, thus perpetuating the artistic legacy of our sponsors/owners, should they decide to donate their sculptures rather than display them privately.

We have two creek side interpretative panels that illustrate and describe each kinetic sculpture and list all our stakeholders.

Which submittal approach do we use?

Looking ahead to April 2023, we are doing away with our traditional Call to Artisans process and are adopting a collaborative approach by pairing talented metal artisans with interested sponsors early during the creative stage.

We are excited and confident this new process will foster a fun, inspiring, and efficient experience for both our artisans and sponsors.

What are the specs for a kinetic sculpture?

A kinetic sculpture should be made of metal to withstand the elements. It can measure up to 10 feet in height above water, span no more than 12 feet in width, and weigh no more than 500 pounds. A kinetic sculpture will be installed in the middle of Carroll Creek, which is about 24 foot wide and 4 foot deep, thus providing sufficient margins for safety and vandalism reasons.

During installation, a kinetic sculpture’s main post will slide into the central cylinder of our underwater anchor (Pyramid) and then be leveled and stabilized.

See our Specs & Installation 

We contract for the heavy machinery required to install and remove a kinetic sculpture from Carroll Creek, and we charge the sponsor/owner an annual $500 display fee for that service as well as for the usage of our Pyramid.

What is our anticipated budget, approval process, and timetable for 2023?

Our budgetary guideline is up to $15,000 per kinetic sculpture unless a sponsor agrees to more.

We expect the pairing of artisans and sponsors to start in the spring 2022. We will introduce interested sponsors to artisans, guide them to the artisans’ respective website, and encourage an exchange of ideas towards the creation of designs.

Once an artisan and a sponsor have agreed on a design, the artisan will submit a proposal by the end of August, which will be reviewed by our internal Artistic Review Committee in September, before it is presented to the City of Frederick’s Public Art Commission (artistic content) and its Parks & Recreation Commission (usage of Carroll Creek) for final approvals in October.

View our application Submit a Design for a Kinetic Art Sculpture

After the approvals are obtained, our Sponsor-Artisan Agreement will be signed early in November, and the fabrication of the kinetic sculpture will follow and extend until its installation in our Carroll Creek exhibit in April 2023.

What does our Sponsor-Artisan Agreement contain?

The agreement specifies the usual terms and conditions such as price, payments, installation and removal, insurance, adjustments to a kinetic sculpture, and ownership.

After the installation of a kinetic sculpture in our exhibit and once the last of three payments is made to the artisan, the sponsor becomes the owner of the kinetic sculpture while the artisan retains the copyright to the artwork, including the design and sketches.

View our Sponsor-Artisan Agreement

How can you get involved?

You can share the news about Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade with family, friends, and business associates, design and fabricate your own kinetic sculpture, or commission a regional artisan who can do it.

You are more than welcome to contribute your in-kind or financial resources to our project, or host and display a kinetic on your property once it has been removed from Carroll Creek Kinetic Art Promenade’s main exhibit.

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Looking for inspiring ideas?

We have assembled pictures and videos of kinetic sculptures created by metal sculptors from across the country, and you might find them interesting and inspiring. 

Browse through our Inspiration Page   

Thanks for your interest and consideration, and please don’t hesitate to Contact us to discuss your plans or for any additional information.

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“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
—Elizabeth Andrew