County’s first sculp­ture fi­nally has a name

Lo­cal mu­si­cian names sculp­ture ‘Ham­mer­ing Heart’


cmat­tix@ ce­cil­whig. com

— 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.

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