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DECEMBER 2012 News Briefs Brief items from the past month related to public art in Florida from the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP)



May 9 -11, 2013 for the annual conference of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals – this year in Clearwater! Clearwater is one of the few Florida municipalities with an active public art ordinance for private development. From noon on Thursday the 9th through noon on Saturday the 11th you’ll want to be with us in Clearwater to explore various public art partnership and processes, talk through best practices and problems with colleagues and see examples of public art in Pinellas County.

Hal Stowers, Sun Time 2) Jacksonville and Fort Myers public art programs have submitted images to be used in the newly published Public Art Archive (PAA) promotional brochure that was mailed to public art programs across the country. If you aren’t on their mailing list and would like to be, go to Currently the following public art collections are represented in the PAA web site. Broward County, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Orange County, Tampa

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St. Petersburg artist Mark Aeling of MGA Sculpture Studio created seven panels for an existing chain link fence as part of the River Walk skate park. Color-coated wire was woven into graphic shapes and titled “Wired.”


Pompano Drum Circle, by New York-based artist team Bill and Mary Buchen was unveiled to the public in November at the new Northeast Transit Center. Drawing upon the musical traditions of the diverse cultures represented in the Pompano Beach community, Pompano Drum Circle is intended to connect these traditions through the universal language of rhythmic percussion. Sited on a paved circle, a grouping of five sculptural instruments invites communal music-making while passing time waiting for the bus. Individual components of the artwork include: the Earth Drum, Earth Bow, and the Djembe, Tambor and Bata Drums. For further information about the public artwork call Claire Garrett at 954-357-7236 or visit the artists’ website at

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Gainesville artist Leslie Tharp is perfecting a technique that she is using for a sculptural bench, Roots, for the Coral Gables Museum. You can read about it here:


Linda Karch, Director of Parks and Recreation, is now the staff contact for the Delray Beach Public Art Advisory Board.


The Kissimmee Sculpture Experience, guest curated by FAPAP board member John Hayes unveiled in November with 24 pieces, 20 temporary and 4 permanent. The Osceola Center for the Arts and Kissimmee Main Street, the presenters, believe it is one of the largest sculpture shows in the Southeast During the Osceola Fall Arts Festival, a guided walking tour through the new Sculpture Experience was presented. Self-guided walking tour brochures for the 2012–2013 Kissimmee Sculpture Experience are available at the Kissimmee Main Street Welcome Station and future guided walking tours will be announced in the new year.

Just over half of the temporary sculptures are from Florida and 2 were recently fabricated in Florida for the exhibit with sculptors ranging from Connecticut, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Each sculpture is on sale with 20 percent of the proceeds going to Kissimmee Main Street to further arts in the community. Sponsorships are being raised to put sponsors names with the exhibition. The Kissimmee Sculpture Experience was created in 2006 by Phyllis Ross and is an annual exhibit of outdoor sculptures placed around Downtown Kissimmee. The year-long event had over 3,000 individuals take the walking tour in the past year, allowing Kissimmee Main Street to blend historic, cultural and artistic aspects in the community. For a complete list of artists and more information on the Kissimmee Sculpture Experience visit or call 407-846-4643.


The Arts Lofts (live work space) in Lake Worth are progressing and should be ready for move-in this coming spring.

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1. Two public art installations by Soo sunny Park and Elizabeth Buillings, curated by Cynthia-Reeves can be seen at Art Miami, December 5 – 9.

CYNTHIA-REEVES Curates Two Public Art Installations at Art Miami by Soo Sunny Park & Elizabeth Billings

Capturing Resonance by Soo Sunny Park is a suspended installation that creates shifting patterns of prismatic light and shadow. Originally conceived for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts in 2011-2012, the installation receives the natural and artificial light, and transmits the prismatic array of color through its discreet 'cells' of iridescent diacron acrylic. Centrally located above the VIP area at Art Miami, Capturing Resonance will shift and reflect the light throughout the day and evening as the natural light changes. SOO SUNNY PARK: CAPTURING RESONANCE, 2011

Photographed by Peter Harrison Studio; Courtesy of the deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA.

An expression of her long-standing interest in transforming natural materials, Elizabeth Bilings' sculpture, Phragmites and Raspberry is made of clusters of 'reeds' through which viewers pass, affording them the opportunity to become immersed in a wholly new environment. Made from branches of raspberry bushes and phragmite reeds, the piece brings the realm of bird habitat indoors. 2. Galleria Ca D’oro is pleased to present FOREVERGLADES an environmentally minded public art exhibition by International Artists William Sweetlove and artists collective, Cracking Art Group. Presented in partnership with Miami Dade’s College Museum of Art + Design and famed Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux at MDC’s historic Freedom Tower. The exhibition will run through Saturday, January 26th, 2013. FOREVERGLADES, an interior and exterior installation in the public realm, will encompass a presentation of 300 animals made out of recyclable plastic, resin, and aluminum, native of South Florida, including three specific regional species: native alligators, sea turtles, and frogs literally crawling up, down and around Miami Dade College’s nationally historic building. For the European-based artists, William Sweetlove and Cracking Art Group, the animals were researched and selected for the important role each play in the development and history of our local landscape. Gloria Porcella, is the Italian curator of the Miami Installation.

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1) Orlando artist Jefrë is one of five artists featured in the fall/winter Public Art Review article “Placemakers” 2) A Candy Chang (another artists featured in the “Placemakers” article) “Before I Die” wall was constructed as one of the Creative City Project’s daily free events during October’s National Arts & Humanities Month celebration.


A mosaic fountain has been commissioned for the Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie rest area on the Florida Turnpike as a result of the new commercial construction ordinance in the City of Port St. Lucie..


The City Council unanimously approved an increase from 1% to 2% for their public art ordinance.

CALLS FOR ART CORAL GABLES Public civic art monument sculptures incorporating fountain features for two traffic circles. Budget: $1.04 million Deadline: January 15, 2013 Qualifications: at least five (5) years’ of demonstrated professional art experience with regard to outdoor public art; must have experience with design and fabrication of fountains; and must have completed a project of at least $200,000 or greater.

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD Artist(s) in Residence for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport sought to document/narrate/depict the development and construction of terminal and runway expansion through photography, painting, sculpture, installation, writing, video, or any other artistic form or combination of genres. • Deadline, December 7, 2012 • Budget $75,000 for up to two residences and artwork display systems.


Let us know about any public art related news from your area – new art work, loss of art work, press or legislation affecting the arts, new personnel, etc. Send news of the month to by the 1st of the following month.

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December 2012 News Briefs  

December 2012 News Briefs