The Baltimore County Arts Guild and the Lake Roland Nature Council are excited to share the news from Baltimore County that artist James Dinh has been selected to create Baltimore County’s first public art memorial to remember the lives lost due to COVID-19.
The freestanding public art concept will be installed at Lake Roland Park and will represent hope, unity and healing. The finished piece will not only honor the memory of those lost, but will also provide a meditative space for reconciliation and remembrance.
In partnership with the Baltimore County Arts Guild and consultation with the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore County Executive’s office with the Department of Economic and Workforce Development and the Department of Recreation and Parks underwent a transparent, engaging process to select an artist who could accomplish the vision and mission of this public art memorial.
The national search brought in more than 70 proposals from artists around the country. County staff assembled a diverse group of panelists including Lake Roland Nature Council board member and past president Kurt Davis, representing the regional arts community, to judge the submissions.
From three semi-finalists, the panel selected artist James Dinh of StudioFolia in California.
James Dinh’s work not only exemplified his strong sense of innovation and creativity, his vision aligned with the expressed desires of the Baltimore County community. Dinh’s proposal was judged feasible with regard to budget and schedule and the work itself will be durable and structurally sound.
The proposed concept reflects the Baltimore County COVID-19 experience. The design and construction process will begin in early 2022 and will include opportunities for additional engagement.