Maryland isn’t exactly a big state. But when I went home to visit my parents last weekend, my mom and I ended up somewhere that I hadn’t even heard of. Annmarie Sculpture Gardens in Dowell, MD was our first stop. Dowell? Anyone? Anyone? The grounds were beautiful and dotted with some REALLY cool pieces. Somehow I managed to thread the needle between blizzards this weekend, so the weather turned out great, even if it was a little cold for a soft Californian. Afterward, we kept going south to Solomons, MD, a town so narrow that I could see water within a stone’s throw on each side. Solomons offered up some great light and a couple of really cool shots (including the seagull, one of my favorite serendipitous shots in a while).
This sculpture is one of the most amazing pieces I’ve ever seen. These three cubes rotate in the wind. Each side of each cube is actually flat, gray metal that has been polished with an abrasive to give it a texture. At the right time of day, as the sun sets it hits a red building that is over my right shoulder. The streaks of light come from the sun reflecting off of the building’s second story windows. The red hue comes from the sun’s reflection off of the red wall. But it only happens when the cube has rotated into the right position. Amazing.