Council of Neighborhood Associations

Monday, February 05, 2007

City of St. Petersburg Offers Public Art Tours

CONTACT: Ann Wykell, 551-3250

City of St. Petersburg Offers Public Art Tours

St. Petersburg, Fla. (1/31/2007) – Perched on the roof of the Fleet Maintenance building lies a lizard taking in a mid-day snack. This isn’t any old gecko, he is made up of 2 tons of recycled steel, garbage truck parts, car bumpers, street lights, license plates and other industrial equipment created by popular local sculptor Paul Eppling.

Be showered by the warmth of the sun as you gaze through the rainbow of stained glass in Bayou Rhythm, the artful entrance at the Fossil Park Recreation Center. Or take in a moment of reflection at Meditation, a Zen rock garden nestled in the back corner at the Azalea Adult Center.

Experience all of this and much more through a public arts tour, the newest addition to the city of St. Petersburg’s Art in Public Places Program. A docent will lead groups of up to 23 on customized tours through St. Petersburg’s downtown and historic neighborhoods where public art has been installed. Tour participants will learn about the artists, their creative process and receive maps outlining all of St. Petersburg’s public art.

The city began commissioning works of art in 1990 with the passage of a per cent for art ordinance, which sets aside one percent of the total construction cost of city buildings for the Public Art Fund to purchase public artworks. The Public Art collection includes over 30 projects that highlight many of Florida's outstanding artists as well as artists from across the United States, and is on display in public buildings, parks, recreation centers, water towers, highway entrance ramps, fire stations and libraries. The diverse collection includes photography, sculptures, paintings, textiles, stained glass, neon, murals and ceramics.

The Public Art Tour costs $285 and includes an air-conditioned mini-coach that can seat up to 23 people. If your group has its own vehicle and driver, the tour cost is only $65. For more information or to book a Public Art Tour, call 727.893.4140.


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