It's located in the lobby of the Maryland Ensemble Theater.
A new piece of public art was unveiled recently. It's been placed in the lobby of the Maryland Ensemble Theater, located in the basement of the former Francis Scott Key Hotel at West Patrick and Court Streets in downtown Frederick. "It's three panels, a total of 32 square feet of hand cut and positioned mosaic glass tiles. There are approximately 4,000 and 5,000 hand placed tiles in the mural," says artist Anthony Owens, who also owns a business called Phoenix Rising, a modeling and repair business in Frederick.
The panels hang from the ceiling, and are not affixed to the walls, Owens says. "We actually paid for the mural, and then a couple of different employees from the MET and my company, Phoenix Rising, worked together to create the project. He said it took the team about 200 hours to complete; "a bunch of months," he says.
This is the third public art project Owens has done. His first one is located along Lord Nickens Street off of North Market Street. It's facing against the one-way traffic that travels along North Market Street, and drivers would need to park their cars and get out in order to view this piece of art.
The second one was originally located at the Cultural Arts Center, but has been moved to Re-Store on North Market Street, which is operated by Habitat for Humanity.
Owens says he does this type of work as a way to benefit the community. "I think what's happening in this country is too many people depend on the government and zillion-dollar corporations to take care of everything. And what's I'm trying to demonstrate as a small business owner is that if we work together on our level, we can get a lot of things done," he says.
The mural can be viewed at the MET when the building which was once the Francis Scott Key Hotel is open to the public.