Riverside in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Working Point by David Hess
While seemingly toy-like, the sculpture neither moves nor did it ever function. It was designed to integrate 90 tons of obsolete machinery from Baltimore's industries, highlighting their many interconnections. All the components were donated to create something new from pieces of the past.
The title "Working Point" comes from the traditional definition, "a location or point designated on an architectural or construction drawing that is used as a reference for measurements and calculations". The piece suggests that our ability to work helps to define us as people. This "work" pays tribute to the men and women of Baltimore whose dedication to hard work and innovation have made significant and lasting contributions in our community.
Cambridge Iron & Metal
The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
[Captions from image on the side of marker, clockwise from top center:]
Pile of Chain
½ Fly Wheel
Mag Steel Cone
Erected by The Baltimore Museum of Industry. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 39° 16.44′ N, 76° 36.056′ W. Marker is in Riverside in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Key Highway east of Boyle Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Knabe Piano Factory Cupola (a few steps from this marker); Platt and Company Oyster Packers (a few steps from this marker); Bethlehem Steel Shipyard CraneHull of the Gov. R.M. McLane (a few steps from this marker); Steam Tug Baltimore (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Platt and Company Oyster Packers (within shouting distance of this marker); Raymond R. Allen Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Look-Out (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverside.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.