Working Point by David Hess

Working Point by David Hess (HM2EZD)

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N 39° 16.44', W 76° 36.056'

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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 Mooring
4,800 lbs

Stainless Cone
3,500 lbs

9,000 lbs

Motor Armature
5,200 lbs

Heat Exchanger
1,800 lbs


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
Placed ByThe Baltimore Museum of Industry
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Date Added Saturday, March 16th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 361905 N 4348404
Decimal Degrees39.27400000, -76.60093333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 16.44', W 76° 36.056'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 16' 26.4" N, 76° 36' 3.3599999999998" W
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