Silver Spring and Takoma Park each have a new temporary piece of public art created by local artists commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County through its Public Arts Trust program,  #ArtHappensHere.

Sandra Perez Ramos created “Hope Tree,” which is now on display at the Woodside Urban Park, 8800 Georgia Ave.

“I view trees as symbols of strength, connection, community, cooperation. They’re home for many species and together act as one organism, the lungs of habitats,” she wrote in an artist’s statement.

“This playful tree has many bright colors that represent MoCo’s diverse, multicultural community.”

“Four Seasons,” by Lilian Blom, is a mural that “showcases women of many ages (from 14 to 90) and many ethnicities (including immigrants to our state, representing 5 different continents and 9 different countries.),” the description reads.

The banner is installed in Memorial Park across the street from the Takoma Park Library at 101 Philadelphia Ave.

The works are two of 10 the AHCMC commissioned and place around the county “to promote the safe reopening of the local creative economy and cultural industry,” according to a press release.

“The arts and humanities are only now beginning to reopen after being shuttered since March 2020,” said Suzan Jenkins, AHCMC CEO.

“The only way to ensure survival for our cultural community is for the public to safely participate in creative experiences throughout the county once again.”