Howard County Public Art Program/Kettler
Petal Play comprises 14 elements sited in a park space approximately 100' x 400' in front of a mixed use development project. The site is intended to be interactive for children and families while serving as a landmark for the project. The inspiration for the forms is the tulip poplar and its blossoms. Abstracted petals are used at various scales from very small "petals of thought" with whimsical statements and questions scattered across the site to rotating large petals with seed pods atop tall stainless steel poles. Petals are stretched and twisted to form slides leaning against the sloping berm as well as other structures that children can crawl over and under. A large flower is a nesting place for children to climb into. Other petal/pod forms incorporate lighting and there are programmed moisters adjacent to the tall rotating pieces.
Painted aluminum, stainless steel, lighting and water
Individual pieces range in size from 2' to 28' in height
The primary focus of Mary Ann Mears's work from the beginning of her career has been creating sculpture for specific sites. The impetus for her work has emerged from an intense conviction about the powerful role of art in a variety of social/cultural settings, public and private. She enjoys the challenge of responding to the physical and spatial qualities of...