The Herd by UMBC artist Kelley Bell will be featured on the BGE Light Art Walk, open nightly from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., with extended hours until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Click here for a map of the BGE Light Art Walk.
The Herd is a tribute to all the citizens of Baltimore City who continue to hope for a healthy city and healthy waterways. It is a cluster of 400 luminous inflatable swim rings, similar in appearance to the floats used by swimmers at the seaside. The rings are laced together in a net to form a glowing multitude of creatures calmly bobbing in the shimmering ripples of the nighttime harbor. The empty ghostly rings of The Herd are a hope and a promise that someday they will be filled by happy bathers enjoying the Inner Harbor in a new, refreshing way.
Kelley Bell received an MFA from UMBC in 2006, and holds a BFA in graphic design from Pratt Institute. Never one to think small, her large-scale public projections have appeared at the InLight Festival in Richmond, Virginia; the Lumen Festival in Staten Island, New York; Animafest in Zagreb, Croatia; and the DElectricity Festival in Detroit, Michigan. Her projection series The Clock Strikes 100, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Baltimore in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, was named Best Public Art Project by Baltimore magazine in 2011. She is associate professor and associate chair of the visual arts at UMBC.
Sponsored by UMBC, The Herd will be visible between Piers 5 and 6 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.