On Friday, November 3rd, The Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts (VisArts) formally unveiled Art on the Ice, a locally designed art installation at Rockville Town Square’s outdoor ice skating rink, one of downtown Rockville’s most popular seasonal attractions. The project, which is the only one of its kind in the United States, was funded by Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), the City of Rockville, and Tri-State Ice Management.
The Story Behind the Art
VisArts selected local artist Emily Eisinger to create the colorful abstract artwork that spans the length of the 120-foot rink. Eisinger’s design, A Rendering Edge, was inspired by a work of public art, Luminarium by Cecilia Lueza, installed on the corner of the Arts and Innovation Center where VisArts is housed on Gibbs Street in Rockville. “The arts are transformational to individuals and communities. Now more than ever before, the arts improve our quality of life and create communities where people want to live, work, stay and play,” said Alice Nappy, Executive Director of VisArts.
To produce Art on the Ice, the design was digitally printed on eight separate sections of vinyl and then installed under a layer of patent-pending white coating developed by TriState Ice Management to reflect the heat of the sun and protect the integrity of the ice. “The final design introduces bright, colorful gradients moving through slick transitions before fading into white,” Eisinger said. “The art is intended to reach beyond just the skaters on the ice and truly enhance the look and feel of the Square as a festive destination for this wonderfully diverse community.”
(via VisArts. Photo courtesy of VisArts.)