The sculptures, created by Manchester artist Charlie Maiorana, will be purchased through the Office of Tourism’s budget — which is funded by the county’s hotel/motel tax — and will be installed in front of the county office building and at the entrance of the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster this summer.
“The two sculptures will have identical construction but will feature six different quilt designs, to be selected by the tourism office from the 31 barn quilts currently included on the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail or any new designs to be added this year,” wrote Maiorana in his proposal.
“The sculptures will be designed and constructed to require a minimum of maintenance over an expected 10-year lifetime,” he wrote. “The design of the sculpture is such that rain and snow should flow off [or through] the cube and there would be no design areas where moisture would be able to accumulate.”
To put the colorful barn images on the sculpture, Maiorana explained, an architectural outdoor sign company will print the designs. Then they will be placed on the aluminum sculpture and covered with ultra premium grade UV protective laminate to ensure longevity.
“[The cubes] can be rotated,” said Bonnie Staub, manager of the Office of Tourism, at the meeting. “We thought it would look nice out on Center Street — and possibly we could put a light on it, and possibly put signage out there. Folks that stop by could look at it and see the history of the barn quilts and [it could] entice people to view the 31 barn quilts that are out in the county.”
And Staub said, more barn quilts are in the making so the quilt trail will continue to grow as awareness of it is growing.
Commissioners approved the purchase unanimously, 3-0, with Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, and Richard Rothschild, R-District 4, absent.
“Great idea,” Commissioner Doug Howard, R-District 5, said after making the motion to approve the sculptures and their installation.
The installation of the sculptures should take three to four days and be completed by the end of August if the proposal is accepted by the Office of Tourism by the end of July, Maiorana estimated, and his only requirement is they be put on a flat lawn area.