John B. Mors


Sculpture on the Grounds, 2010

Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park.
June 6 through October 17, 2010

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 6.

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From The Montgomery County Gazette. June16, 2010:

"Sculpture On The Grounds" celebrates its 24th season with six artists displaying their sculptures at the entrance to Rockville Civic Center Park.

The pieces are easy to spot when heading into the 123-acre wooded park that also houses Glenview Mansion and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. Viewing the sculptures can be a quick drive-through experience, whether it's looking up at the beaming smiley face titled "Happy Daze" or observing an abstracted "Giant Fern" on the park's verdant hillside.

With no designated theme, the four jurors, all members of the City of Rockville Cultural Arts Commission, chose abstracted pieces from 12 artists submitting 24 submissions. And each of these artists has a story to tell.


John Mors of Arlington, Va., is obsessed with buildings and history. His work "Sir Ned of the Southern Cross" depicts a 12th century armored chessman and the Australian folk hero Ned Kelly. Trained as an architect in his native Australia, Mors' goal is to "interconnect both personal and obscure references" in his metal sculpture.

As for "Sir Ned," there is an "ambiguity to the sculpture: Is he the crazy folk hero running out of the woods or a knight ready for battle?" Mors explains.

There is no battle at Rockville Civic Center Park. "Sculpture On The Grounds" is all about peace and quiet.

Read the full review.


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