Mid-Town Belvedere in Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pearlstone Park / Scott Burton
Designated by Baltimore City as a landscape amenity for Symphony Hall, this site was dedicated Pearlstone Park in 1985, named in memory of Jack H. Pearlstone, Jr., whose son Richard L. Pearlstone generously supported its creation. With leadership from Maryland Institute College of Art, the park was restored to the original vision of its designer with the support of the Pearlstone Park Foundation, the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Foundation and the Pearlstone Family Foundation, and was rededicated on November 3, 2008.
Scott Burton believed that a public park should be a vital part of, rather than a refuge from, its urban setting, and that public art is at its best when it encourages social interaction. In this park, Burton created juxtapositions to enliven the cityscape and highlight the syncopation of pedestrian traffic on the site. A dynamic geometry of intersecting walkways guides visitors through the park from its perimeter, formed by Cathedral, Preston, and Howard Streets.
The site's southern corners are anchored by oversized concrete ottomans. Benches function as both seating and sculpture.
Scott Burton (1939-1989) was born and raised in small-town, working-class Alabama. In 1959 he moved to New York City and launched a career that culminated in an international reputation as one of the most accomplished American artists of his generation. Burton's sculpture is included in major museum collections around the world. But he is most respected for the moral conviction he brought to the design of public places in urban settings. Among the artist's most acclaimed commissions are those in Battery Park City (NY), Tate Gallery Liverpool, Equitable Center (NY), the NOAA viewpoint terrace-park (Seattle), and, one of his earliest designs, Baltimore's own Pearlstone Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is November 3, 2008.
Location. 39° 18.236′ N, 76° 37.181′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. It is in Mid-Town Belvedere. Marker is on Park Avenue just east of North Howard Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Vernon Cultural District (within shouting distance of this marker); 29th Division Association (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rene Townsend (Chicago IL, 1952 - 1998) (about 500 feet away); Father George P. Gallos (about 500 feet away); Reflections (about 600 feet away); Greek Orthodox Cathedral (about 600 feet away); The Maryland Line Monument (about 600 feet away); Douglas L. Frost (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Also see . . . Scott Burton, Sculptor Whose Art Verged on Furniture, Is Dead at 50. New York Times obituary dated January 1, 1990 (Submitted on October 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
1. About Scott Burton
Scott Burton's death in 1989 is attributed to complications from AIDS and is part of the First Wave of HIV-related deaths in the 1980s.
— Submitted October 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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