Public Art Of Bethesda

Union Hardware's doorknob Union Hardware's doorknob Mural at Bethesda Row, Flickr photo by Streetamatic Fountain at Bethesda Row, Flickr pool photo by Amy Marie Moore One of 12 poetry benches at Bethesda Circulator stops Bethesda train mural on Bethesda Row Tunnel Vision: Arts Under The Avenue project in the Metro tunnel Beacon 1 sculpture at Bethesda Metro Center, installed in 1985

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

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