Takoma Park’s gazebo has a new installation of public art that people can use while enjoying a performance or other public gathering.

The Old Takoma Business Association/Main Street Takoma, using a grant from the state of Maryland, commissioned “Blue Benches,” which was created by artist Howard Connelly Design

The association worked with a small group of volunteers to come up with themes to share with Connelly, who provided sketches that were voted on by the community.

The design incorporates musical references including the treble clef, bass clef and musical notes on a staff. Upon completion, the benches were galvanized and powder-coated a bright blue. A small crane was required to install these the benches, which are made of more than 1,000 pounds of steel.

Connelly has created other pieces of public art for the city—a motorcycle sculpture in front of Republic at 6939 Laurel Ave., the “Azalea Sculpture” at Piney Branch and Flower avenues, and he collaborated on “Bird Calls,” an interactive sculpture located at Erie and Flower avenues.

The gazebo is located at 7035 Carroll Ave.

Photo of Howard Connelly and “Blue Benches” courtesy Main Street Takoma.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Gazebo in Takoma Park Gets New Public Art Installation

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