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HCC is the temporary home to “Quill Sail,” one of a dozen sculptures on display throughout Howard County as part of the Howard County Arts Council's year-long exhibit, ARTsites 2021. Now in its tenth year, ARTsites creates new visual landmarks and engages the community by providing art in public spaces. Howard Community College has participated in the ARTsites program from the beginning. “Quill Sail” joins three permanently-installed ARTsites sculptures on campus. The college’s 2021 piece, “Quill Sail,” was created by New York artist Bob Turan in 2020. Constructed from stainless steel and aluminum, the work is a kinetic version of a writer’s inkpot and quill inspired by great writers of the past, from Shakespeare to Edgar Allan Poe. The kinetic piece sways in the wind, the main quill counterbalanced by 62.5 pounds of free-weights in the base. “Quill Sail” is located at an intersection of pedestrian pathways between The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, Duncan Hall, and the Health Sciences Building and will remain on campus through the summer of 2022.

Quill Sail with Grasses

For more information on the Howard County Arts Council’s ARTsites program, including a list of the other twelve Howard County sites participating this year, visit

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