County’s first sculpture finally has a name
Local musician names sculpture ‘Hammering Heart’
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— Five months after Cecil County’s first public sculpture was dedicated in the Unity Square Garden outside the Cecil County Circuit Courthouse on Main Street, the artwork has a name.
Out of 40 entries submit-
ted to the name the sculpture contest sponsored by the Elkton Chamber & Alliance, “Hammering Heart” emerged the winner.
A cool rain fell Saturday morning as several members of the local arts and the business community gathered for the official announcement, which came from Matthew Harris, the local blacksmith who created the sculpture.
Musician Rob Churnside, who performs under the name Box Turtle Bob, submitted the winning name.
“I knew it from the moment I saw it,” Churnside said.
Following the announcement, Churnside headed across the street to East Main Cafe to perform a song he wrote about the sculpture. Churnside said he got the idea for the name “Hammering Heart” from knowing about the process it took to make the sculpture a reality.
“I figured Matt did a lot of hammering, and it took
a lot of heart to make it and get it up,” Churnside said, adding, “And, it’s in the heart of Elkton.”
The sculpture was the brainchild of Regina Moolenschot. She wanted to honor her father – the late master blacksmith and notable Cecil County artist Alphonsus M. Moolenschot, who died in April 2013.
Moolenschot said her father always wanted to do a public sculpture.
“I believe the Unity Garden is the perfect spot for this,” she said.
She noted her father’s work inspired many artists, including Harris, whom he mentored. Harris created the 15- by- 5foot mixed metal piece shaped like a flowing sail and topped with a heart, a signature Moolenschot design.
“I just hope this sculpture will be the first of many public sculptures to come in Cecil County,” Moolenschot said.
Along the way, Moolenschot and Harris garnered Regina Moolenschot talks to supporters Saturday during the naming of the sculpture that honors her late father.
support from the Cecil County Arts Council, Elkton Chamber & Alliance, as well as many community members and artists.
“The town of Elkton is very excited that the Moolenschot family decided to put the sculpture here,” said Mary Jo Jablonski, executive director of the Elkton Chamber & Alliance.
As part of the naming contest, Jablonski later presented Churnside with a $ 250 check for coming up with the winning name.
“As an artist, I’m proud to be involved in this community and public art,” Churnside said.
Regina Moolenschot, Rob Churnside, Matthew Harris and Mary Jo Jablonski announce “Hammering Heart” as the name for Elkton’s public sculpture in the Unity Garden.
Rob “Box Turtle Bob” Churnside performs his original song Saturday entitled “Hammering Heart” for the town’s new sculpture.