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Havre de Grace’s latest public art installation? Bike racks

Bike racks designed by local artist Bill Watson have been installed throughout the Havre de Grace Arts and Entertainment District. Each rack is adorned with the Arts & Entertainment District logo and a unique design depicting a specific genre of the arts. This one is located outside the Decoy Museum.
Bike racks designed by local artist Bill Watson have been installed throughout the Havre de Grace Arts and Entertainment District. Each rack is adorned with the Arts & Entertainment District logo and a unique design depicting a specific genre of the arts. This one is located outside the Decoy Museum. (Courtesy Havre de Grace Arts Collective)

The Havre de Grace Art Committee, a component of the Havre de Grace Arts Collective, announced a new public art installation.

Building upon the success of its “Big Fish, School of Fish” sculpture installation in August in Concord Point Park, the Public Art Committee has produced eight artist designed bicycle racks.

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The bike racks, designed by local artist Bill Watson, were recently installed throughout the Havre de Grace Arts and Entertainment District.

Each rack is adorned with the Arts & Entertainment District logo and a unique design depicting a specific genre of the arts — film, theater, fine art, dance, music/voice, music/instrumental, literature, folk art/decoy carving. All designs are laser cut from duplicate metal panels that form the sides of each rack.

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All installations were completed in April. A date for a dedication event will be announced as soon as it is feasible to do so.

Rack locations are as follows: Cultural Center at the Opera House, Rochambeau Plaza, the Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center, Hutchins Park, Concord Point Park, the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, Bomboy’s Homemade Candy and the HdG Decoy Museum.

This project is supported in part through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. The Committee also thanked the City of Havre de Grace for graciously providing installation services for this project, and Shane Custom Metal Fabricators, a Havre de Grace business which manufactured the bike racks.

The Havre de Grace Arts Collective is a 501(c)(3) organization created to address the cultural and economic needs of Havre de Grace and the surrounding region, including oversight of the Cultural Center at the Opera House, Arts and Entertainment District, Arts by the Bay Gallery and the Havre de Grace Public Art Committee. The Havre de Grace Arts Collective, Inc. is funded in part through grants from the City of Havre de Grace, Maryland State Arts Council, Harford County Dept. of Community and Economic Development and the Maryland State Arts Council through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

For more information, visit www.HdGArtsCollective.org.

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