Public art has become an important way for Bethesda leaders to create a sense of place in an unincorporated downtown area. But it’s also a go-to tool for developers seeking more density in their projects.
The county’s optional method of development lists public artwork as an amenity to be provided by developers in exchange for increased density. A number of recent proposals include an architectural sculpture, studio space and funding for existing public art projects.
Above are examples of public art in Bethesda today. Some are well known. Some not so much. But as development continues at breakneck pace, expect more pieces like these in the not-so-distant future.
Photos via Flickr pool user AmyMarieMoore, Flickr user streetamatic, Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Montgomery County Planning Department