The Glass Town Cultural District Steering Committee has spent the past year working on the long term goal of a Public Art Project for the town of Sandwich. Thanks to funding from the Mass Cultural Grants, The Fund for Sandwich, and our own fundraising efforts, a Call to Artist was sent out on March 1, 2021.
After a review by the Historic District Commission and approval by the Sandwich Board of Selectmen, the Friends of the Glass Town Cultural District voted to award Michael Maygar the Public Art Project. Michael is a prominent Sandwich glass artist and sculptor and owner of the Glass Studio of Cape Cod with his wife Keiko. The artwork as it stands now on the Town Hall Campus, references the history of Sandwich and the glassmaking trade. It is made of glass from various artists and has some original glass from the Sandwich Glass Factory. The sculpture, or obelisk, is lit at night with installed solar lighting and positioned on the grounds for optimal lighting from the daylight sun.
The sculpture is situated at the intersection of two busy streets, on the grassy area of the adjacent historic Dexter Grist Mill. The installation is intended to be welcoming to the community, while also having a civic presence.
The landscaped area at the intersection of Main Street and Rte. 130 will connect the neighborhood to the historic district and ideally be interactive and have a solar lighting component.
Cape Cod Times Article on the Public Art Project
The Glass Town Cultural District Steering Committee would like to thank the generous donations made by the following organizations:
Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Sandwich Cultural Council
The Fund for Sandwich
The Sandwich Visitors Service Board