Arts & Culture
Photos by Joey Borroto
Orlando experiences a public art renaissance
See Art at Lake Eola, Urban Art Museum and two more large-scale public works
Published: November 20, 2013
"Union," by Ralfonso Gschwend (Zurich, Switzerland)
See Art: Robinson Avenue at the corner of Robinson Street and Lake Eola Drive in Lake Eola Park
Shining in the sun, Gschwend's kinetic wind and light sculptures have twirled at Olympic venues and in various cities in Europe, and now Orlando gets one as well. They look like our native pines, but no metal pine cones will be coming off these things. They will be fun to watch in a hurricane.
"Tower of Light," by Ed Carpenter (Portland, Ore.)
400 S. Orange Avenue, City Hall Plaza
Carpenter's 20-plus-year-old piece badly needed restoration, and the Orlando Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women made it happen. Sparkling and radiant, its lights really work now. (Buddy Dyer flipped the switch recently to make sure.) The restoration was performed by a cadre of local engineers, architects and craftsmen, who should be applauded for their effort.
"The Red Tail Pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen," by Syd Levy, Mike McKenzie, and Jeff Stanford (Orlando, Fla.)
777 E. Princeton St., at the Loch Haven entrance of the Orlando Science Center
It's about time the African-American pilots of World War II get recognition on par with the rest; this bronze monument honors their memory and remarkable service record. It's always cool to see these planes, and especially to see them here, knowing the pilots faced more than just hostile enemies in the sky.
"Sol-Community," by Marcos Cruz and James Cornetet (Orlando, Fla.)
Urban Art Museum installation at Tako Cheena, 932 N. Mills Ave.
Local artists Cruz and Cornetet created this joyously colored metal sunflower, to be shown on the wall of Mills 50 restaurant Tako Cheena. It's part of the Urban Art Museum, which is "not a building. It is an urban network of commissioned art pieces that will be installed in select areas to restore blighted structures, reduce pollution, deviant activity, increase the attractiveness of the district and to promote organized urban art," according to founders Cornetet and Wes Featherston.
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