Maintaining Montgomery County’s public art is an important responsibility of AHCMC. Each work of art is an investment. AHCMC’s maintenance program helps to protect the art and preserve it for the public’s enjoyment for years to come.
In June 2010, in response to concerns from the staff of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, AHCMC undertook repair and restoration of “Inspiration,” a mixed media sculpture by artist Deirdre Saunder installed in 2005 at the Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center in Burtonsville. The maintenance fund used $3,800 for this project. Before and after photos, taken by the project’s installation craftsman Peter Tabri, are shown below.
Through collaboration among AHCMC, the Wheaton Redevelopment Program, the County Department of General Services, the County Department of Recreation, and the staff of Arts on the Block, a mosaic mural created by apprentice artists at Arts on the Block in 2007 has been preserved and relocated. The mural was moved from the front of the former site of the Gilchrist Center in Wheaton, and reinstalled on the wall of the Wheaton Pedestrian Pathway that connects Georgia Avenue with the shops and parking lot on Triangle Lane (see photo). The relocation of the mural means that “a beautiful piece of public art will be preserved for the Wheaton community’s continued enjoyment and appreciation,” according to Gregory Baker, Chair of the Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee. The maintenance fund for public art contributed $4,000 for this project.