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Riverside in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Working Point by David Hess

1997

 
 
<i>Working Point</i> by David Hess Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 15, 2019
1. Working Point by David Hess Marker
Inscription.  
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.

In grateful recognition to the following who provided funding and whose generous donations made this sculpture possible.
Cambridge Iron & Metal
Earlbeck Corporation
The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


[Captions from image on the side of marker, clockwise from top center:]
Floating
<i>Working Point</i> by David Hess Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 15, 2019
2. Working Point by David Hess Marker
Mooring
4,800 lbs

Stainless Cone
3,500 lbs

Spindle
9,000 lbs

Motor Armature
5,200 lbs

Heat Exchanger
1,800 lbs

Tractor Rail
2,400 lbs

Pile of Chain
20,000 lbs

Alligator Shear
5,200 lbs

Donut Flange
6,000 lbs

Crusher Base
36,000 lbs

½ Fly Wheel
14,000 lbs

Donut Flange
7,500 lbs

Mag Steel Cone
11,000 lbs

Ball Mill
12,000 lbs

½ Gear
2,200 lbs

Crane Boom
1,600 lbs

Lamp Post
500 lbs

 
Erected by The Baltimore Museum of Industry. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicIndustry & 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 Crane
<i>Working Point</i> by David Hess image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 15, 2019
3. Working Point by David Hess
(a few steps from this marker); Hull 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.
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Nov. 30, 2020