Visitor Center unveils new welcome sign
— An open house was held at the Dorchester County Visitor Center on Monday, May 8, to showcase a variety of improvements and upgrades made to the building, most notably a new sign welcoming visitors crossing the Frederick C. Malkus Bridge.
The “Water Moves Us” sign was designed by
Choptank Communications Creative Director Saundra Jones, and manufactured and installed by Cambridge Architectural. It utilizes a new technology called Motion Mesh, and the 1,400 stainless steel flaps that make up the design will move in the wind to catch the eye of drivers along U.S. Route 50.
Other recent improvements to the visitor center include fresh paint, a new boardwalk deck and railings, painted columns, and the “Ode to Waterman” mural.
The 33-foot by 11-foot mural was created by accomplished artist Michael Rosato, and depicts a scene of watermen harvesting oysters. Like the new welcome sign, it is visible to those crossing the Malkus Bridge headed for Cambridge.
“We’ve been working for a long time with Cambridge Architechtural to have some type of sign installation here,” said Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker. “This is a new technology that they have that when the wind goes through it, it looks like it’s in motion, which really works well with our “Water Moves Us” theme and the waves.”
With the opening of the Harriet Tubman Vistor Center, Fenstermaker said that her department is expecting to see increased tourist activity around the county.
“It is a whole new world right now with the Harriet Tubman Visitor Center,” she said. “We’re seeing a lot of people come in, and an increase in all of our requests for information. We expect to see that continue, and we expect to see more and more people come into this Visitor Center and making Dorchester their primary destination.”
President and CEO of Cambridge Architectural Tracy Tyler reiterated that the Motion Mesh technology lends itself well to this collaboration, and using it to create the “Water Moves Us” welcome sign made a lot of sense.
“The good thing is we now have a prototype here that we didn’t have before,” she said. “This is the first installation that we’ve done, so it’s something that we can really leverage. Our architectural mesh division has installations throughout the world, but we don’t have very many at home.”
“Water Moves Us” welcome sign was recently unveiled at the Dorchester County Visitor Center.