Railroad Switch Fencing Animates the Path at the Hagerstown Cultural Trail
The Hagerstown Cultural Trail features a linear park bordering a light industrial area. Vicki Scuri SiteWorks designed screening fences that run along the trail separating the park from warehouse buildings and work yards.
Hagerstown gained the nickname, “Hub City,” as it continues to be a significant transportation hub. Major railroad systems like the Baltimore and Ohio and the historic Western Maryland Railway once converged at the site of the cultural trail.
Nature, technology and history inspire this undulating work of Art, enhanced by the sun, movement and pedestrian viewing angle. The shadows cast by the pattern screens activate the ground plane, moving with the sun.
The flowing pattern design recalls the passing of trains and the glint of light on water, suggested by the nearby destination, the Lower Lake in City Park. The dot pattern both obscures and allows views through to the building beyond, including the Mural of Unusual Size, by Alex Brewer, aka Hense.
As one meanders through along the Trail, the Railroad Switch Fencing transforms the boundary, screening the Sculpture Garden while promoting a cultural narrative and sense of place. The plasma-cut weathering steel fence merges art with industry.