In 2010, a pre-Revolutionary War building in Frederick’s historic district was damaged by a major fire and left without a roof.
Six years later, the plywood boards on the doors and windows were removed to reveal Artist Heather Theresa Clark’s “Sky Stage.” Her work transformed the boarded property into one of the coolest event spaces in the state.
Framed by historic stone walls, Sky Stage’s open-air theater seats an audience of 140 people among trees. The centerpiece of Sky Stage is a digitally-designed two-story sculpture with ribbons of drought-resistant plants that twist and wind through a wooden lattice and the building’s doors and windows. State of the art green roof technology has been modified to support the spiraling plants. Rainwater is collected from an adjacent roof and stored in a cistern to irrigate the plants and trees.
Clark collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Digital Structures research group, which designed and engineered the sculpture’s complex wooden lattice with custom geometry-generating algorithms.
Frederick Arts Council oversees the day-to-day operations of the theater. Together, they are facilitating local residents and community groups to run creative endeavors within the historic shell. Working with the public, Sky Stage offers drama, music, children’s storytime, art classes, dance, history, literature and film.