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.