Artwork Projects

Below is a preview of the new artwork projects (interactive projects and installations, showcasing the visual and/or performing arts) for festivalgoers to experience.

Artwork Projects

Location: Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street

Open House by the Station North Tool Library (Baltimore, MD)
Pearlstone Park at the intersection of Preston and Cathedral streets
Open House transforms the traditional Baltimore screen painting into a large-scale interactive art installation. Festivalgoers can enter the Open House and see the classic screen painting from the inside out while being charmed with cooling mist from above. Outside of the reimagined row houses are “marble” stoops built by the Station North Tool Library that act as gathering spots to chat with neighbors. Station North Tool Library is also on hand, inviting festivalgoers to take advantage of their many programs.
Sydmonauts by Amigo & Amigo (Sydney, Australia)
Located throughout the festival
Originally commissioned by the Sydney Festival in Australia and joining Artscape in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on Saturday, July 20, the outdoor art installation, Sydmonauts, features nine astronaut artworks. The design of the astronauts was inspired by low poly art, a popular style of 3-D digital art. Three-D animation techniques were applied to create the nine different poses of the sculptures; then papercraft techniques were employed to translate the designs onto flat sheet metal that was then cut and folded to create the faceted sculptures. Find all of nine of them; take a selfie; and use the official hashtag to win.
A Ripple Effect by Kasey Jones with the National Aquarium (Chicago, IL & Baltimore, MD)
1700 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
In collaboration with the National Aquarium and Washington D.C.’s Our Last Straw coalition, artist Kasey Jones transforms 225,000 plastic straws into a 3-D relief map of the Chesapeake Bay with rippling interactive LED lights, inviting viewers to reflect on how the consumer choices they make impact waterways. Just as thousands of single-use plastics—these short-lived tools of convenience—can negatively impact ecosystems, wildlife and human health, thousands of thoughtful choices can have a ripple effect of positive change. Be part of the ripple effect. Join the National Aquarium’s community of hopeful conservationists committed to collective action on behalf of our blue planet.
View-Scaper by Formstone Castle Collective (Baltimore, MD)
Lyric Park at Mount Royal Avenue and Oliver Street
Commissioned for Artscape 2019, the View-Scaper is an interactive and kinetic artwork allowing the festivalgoer to view the artists’ family photos from their amazing, yet imaginary, trip to the moon. Based on the View-Master toy popular for generations, the oversized disks contain images that were sourced from NASA’s public domain Apollo 11 mission photos, graphic art created by local artist Justin Duval, scenes from past Artscapes and other digitally created fantastical images of what NASA “didn’t want us to see”: alien pyramids, robots, etc. The View-Scaper  is truly interactive, with the functional image disks larger than a pizza box and requires a few friends to use them.
Octopus by Digital Mechanical Sculpture: Tim Scofield, Kyle Miller and Steve Dalenkoff (Baltimore, MD)
1700 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Octopus is a large-scale automated sculpture that was originally commissioned by BOPA for Light City 2018. Made out of steel and rubber, the Octopus is roughly 20 feet long, 15 feet wide and 10 feet tall. When activated, a series of electric motors drive an internal gear system that set its eight arms into motion. At night, Octopus is illuminated internally with thousands of programmable LED lights.
Radiant Flux by Kevin Blackistone (Baltimore, MD)
1800 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Radiant Flux is an interactive sculpture that explores the many facets of light through exploration of solar reflection during the day and lunar moonbeams at night. Commissioned by BOPA for Artscape 2019 and composed of 128 individual mirror and motor units mounted to a circular disk shape, Radiant Flux comes alive as motion sensors triggered by festivalgoers cause the disk to move and produce dramatic effects from the reflection of the sun onto the faceted mirrors and resulting light cast onto the sculpture’s surroundings. At night, the reflections continue, but have the addition of a dazzling light display controlled by the pulses of surrounding music.
iSheep by Bardia Saeedi and team (Alexandria, VA)
Mount Royal Avenue
Originally herded for Burning Man 2018, iSheep is a flock of six moving and interactive sculptures that take pasture on the Artscape site. Festivalgoers are welcomed and encouraged to roam with the flock, ride them and enjoy the music and good times shared by the herd. At night, the herd further comes alive with LED’s imbedded in iSheep’s “wool.”

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