(Feb. 28, 2014) The Ocean City Development Corporation gained the go-ahead from the town last week to place a new public art display at the foot of the Route 90 Bridge, near the entrance to the city’s tennis courts.
As with the group’s previous installations, the art itself will be procured through private sponsorships, with the city providing the space and labor assistance to install the proposed sculpture and landscaping.
“Almost all of our artwork has been through private contributions,” said OCDC Executive Director Glenn Irwin. “The white marlin at the foot of the Route 50 Bridge was the first one like that we did, and it has really become a landmark since.”
The piece currently proposed is a sculpture by David Turner of Onley, Va., who also designed the eagle’s nest sculpture on 144th Street.
The design is of three dolphins, posed one atop another as if swimming in a group. The largest, central dolphin is roughly eight feet long, and the whole group nine to 10 feet tall. They will be made of bronze and mounted on a base that will also be several feet in height, making the art highly visible to those entering and leaving the resort via Route 90.
A small park, 10 to 20 feet in diameter, will surround the base.
“All we’re asking of the city is to help install whatever is in the plans. It will likely just be a matter of pavers and some lighting,” said Lauren Taylor of OCDC’s Public Art Committee.
Taylor said the group plans to sell plaques for donors to place their name on the base of the sculpture. An online auction is also planned for the rights to name the dolphins, subject to the city’s approval.
A fundraiser dinner and magic performance is also scheduled for March 22 at the Captain’s Table on 15th Street.
If all goes according to plan, the sculpture could be ready by June for the peak season, Taylor said.
Council approved the proposal unanimously.