A Mazing City: A Public Art Project

September 22-December 1, 2021 • Any • Free

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce  a temporary public art project in collaboration with local artists Christopher P. Sloan, Bill Dunlap and Arnold d'Epagnier. The project, A Mazing City, will be installed on the grounds of Canal Place beginning September 22, 2021, and will remain through December 1-2021.

What is A Mazing City?

A Mazing City will consist of large, colorful panels in the shapes that celebrate Cumberland's architectural assets in a bright and artful way. Visitors will enjoy walking through the maze-like structure and taking photos, too! The public art project will have a major visual impact on the Great Allegheny Passage and I-68. In 2021, more than 100,000 visitors to our community accessed the GAP Trail.

About the Artists

Bill Dunlap has shown his artwork across North America and Europe. He is represented by galleries in London, Miami, Copenhagen, and San Francisco. His art is included in several permanent collections, including the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Universities of Wisconsin and Maryland, and several important private collections. To learn more about Bill's work, visit his website.

Arnold d'Epagnier is a furniture designer and woodworking artisan. His craft uses traditional woodworking skills and techniques, traditional and modern machines, and computer technology to produce objects of quality that will endure the decades. He produces functional art for customers across the US, Scotland and Australia. To learn more about Arnold's work, visit his website.

Christopher Sloan enjoys exploring the intersection of science and art in his artwork. He was the 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins University Extreme Arts Program. He teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and is a member of the Maryland State Arts Council. To learn more about Chris' work, visit his website.

Public Opening 

A public opening of A Mazing City will take place Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 2:00PM-6:00PM on the grounds of Canal Place. Members of the artist team, Arts Council staff, and the ArtLab will be onsite for the event, along with a few special surprises. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive art project of their own, explore the maze-like structure, and create videos and photos to share using social media, #amazingcitymd.

Why does Public Art Matter?

Communities gain cultural, social, and economic value when public art is present. The placement of art in public spaces plays a distinguishing role in our country's history and culture. It reflects and reveals our society, enhances meaning in our civic spaces, and adds uniqueness to our communities.

Special thanks to our partners - Passages of the Western Potomac Heritage Area, the Maryland State Arts Council, and our talented artist team.

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