Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Arts Guild are seeking submissions for public art concepts to memorialize people who have lost their lives to COVID-19. One possible location for the art installation is on the left side of the dam at Lake Roland. Photo by Marcus Dieterle.

Baltimore County and the Baltimore County Arts Guild want to install a public art piece at Lake Roland Park to honor those who have died from COVID-19, and are looking for artists to design it.

As of Tuesday morning, 9,404 Marylanders are confirmed to have died from coronavirus-related illness, including 1,616 Baltimore County residents.

County government and the arts guild are looking for proposals for a free-standing public arts concept that “will represent hope, unity and healing.”

“The finished piece will not only honor the memory of those lost, but will provide a meditative space for reconciliation and remembrance,” officials said.

The “highly creative and dynamic public arts” public art piece will be installed near walking and biking paths.

The two proposed locations for the public art concept are along Lakeside Drive on the eastern side of the dam, and nearby the pavilion close to the start of the red trail (both marked by red dots). Image courtesy of Baltimore County Government.

Officials released a map of Lake Roland, detailing two potential locations for the public artwork: along Lakeside Drive on the eastern side of the dam, or nearby the pavilion close to the start of the red trail.

Artists aged 18 or older, either working in teams or as individuals, can submit their design concept after creating a free account with The deadline to submit a proposal is 1 p.m. on July 1.

An art selection panel will evaluate the submissions and review the applicants’ qualifications.

The panel will prioritize applicants who live or work in Maryland, especially in the Baltimore region, and applicants who have worked previously in public art.

The three semi-finalists will each receive a $2,000 stipend to aid the further development of their design proposal concepts.

The artist or team of artists whose submission is selected will enter into a contract with Baltimore County government for the creation and installation of their project.

The selected artist(s) will have access to up to $100,000 for the design, fabrication, engineering and installation of the artwork. Travel expenses will not be included.

Interested artists can find more information at and, or by contacting

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at