The City of Lancaster is pleased to present the third installment of our popular Exhibit Series at the Lancaster Amtrak Train Station, opening on Thursday January 19. Three glass display cases located on the station concourse will feature exhibits by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, Rock Ford Plantation, and Lancaster Public Art. The exhibits are curated to be artistic, educational and to visually enrich the environment for the public.
For the first time, Lancaster Public Art will participate by creating an exhibit to display information about public art sites in Lancaster, as well as educational information about the process of creating public art. One special item on display will be the maquette, the sculptor's small preliminary model, for Silent Symphony. Silent Symphony is the kinetic installation by Lyman Whitaker located just outside the Train Station and it is Lancaster’s most ambitious Public Art project to date.
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s exhibit will highlight the important role the museum plays in preservation of historic objects and how these artifacts are presented to the public. Objects on display will include a conductor’s uniform, scale model of a locomotive, slice of rail, tools, lantern, oil can, and more.
Landis Valley’s exhibit is titled “Through Our Hands: Preserving the Past through Teaching the Future. The work of four traditional craftspeople will be on display, works created using the following skills; coopering, leatherworking, basket making and tinsmithing.
Rock Ford Plantation’s exhibit titled “Cooking and Dining in the Early American Republic” will included a pewter coffee pot, tin cheese mold, copper tea kettle and other pieces that the Hand family would have had in their home.
This Exhibit Series began in 2015 and is part of City of Lancaster’s ongoing public art program, focusing on increasing engaging and interesting art in public spaces. Next time you’re headed by the Amtrak station, stop by to see both the Silent Symphony installation outside of the building and the display cases inside.
For more information about the City of Lancaster Public Art Program, please visit www.lancasterpublicart.com