Three new sculptures were recently installed in downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District as part of the city’s Sculpture 360: Season VII exhibition.
The program, sponsored by the city’s Public Art and Design Program, is a rotating display of large-format sculptures. It has featured the work of artists from Florida and other parts of the country for the last seven years.
This year’s lineup includes “Slices of Heaven,” by Craig Berube-Gray from Key West, Fla.; “Mountain Landscape,” by Hanna Jubran from Grimesland, N.C.; and “Leap,” by Claudia Jane Klein from Lake Worth. The sculptures of Season VII will be on display through April 2017.
What is Public Art?
Public art is artwork that is in the public realm, regardless of whether it is acquired through public or private funding. Public art can include anything from more traditional art objects like sculptures, paintings, fountains and mosaics to manhole covers, paving patterns, lighting and other functional elements created by an artist.
The Clearwater Public Art and Design Program recently completed the Public Art and Design Master Plan, establishing the criteria, policies and priorities that will be used to successfully manage and direct the public art program for years to come. In utilizing the Master Plan, the public art program will identify important places for public art throughout Clearwater and generate a shared vision of public art for both City Capital Improvement Projects and private development projects alike.
There are approximately 350 municipalities with public art programs in North America that actively commission artists to create public art for all types of public infrastructure. Some cities, where art in public places is plentiful, have become known as “museums without walls” as their artwork has become so accessible to citizens and visitors.
Sculpture 360 is part of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Program and is funded through a partnership with the Downtown Development Board, and brings high-quality public artwork to residents and visitors. Visit Scuplture 360