Now that we have some refreshing spring weather here in Central Florida it’s the perfect time to go out and about to see some of the great features throughout the heart of downtown Orlando. If you’re intrigued by the art culture that cultivates Orlando here’s your opportunity to be a master of the historic sculptures we have to date!
SEE ART WALKING TOUR
The “See Art Orlando” tour is a collection of eight permanent contemporary public art sculptures inspired by various elements of Orlando and embodying the diverse fabric of the city. Supported by private philanthropy, pieces in the collection were created by eight internationally-renowned artists, including one from Central Florida, and vary in size and medium. See Art Orlando is a self-guided tour. The tour is available online or via mobile device here.
1. Astrogenesis II by Wendy Ross
S. Orange Ave. and Church St.
Rising 30 feet into the sky, Astrogenesis II speaks to the manifestation of energy. Energy spirals throughout the structure enhanced by the arrangement of 12 triangular “florets” that spiral upward toward a spherical form of projections that glisten and quiver with the slightest of air currents and that glows from within at night. Astrogenesis II also evokes aspects of the botanical world.
SPONSORED BY DeVos Family Foundations
2. Global Convergence by Deedee Morrison
Central Blvd. and Magnolia Ave.
Global Convergence reflects the continued and accelerating effects of our global interconnectedness as a result of technology, infrastructure and lifestyle. A 12’ globe was created with cut-out patterns made from industrial grade sheet aluminum that are welded to an aluminum frame. The patterns in the aluminum allow the panels to vibrantly showcase the school of Shoal Bass swimming in a blue hue cast from the interior LED lighting system.
SPONSORED BY Bright House Networks
3. Muse of Discovery by Meg White
Rosalind Ave. at Lake Eola Park
The Muse of Discovery is a monumental sculpture made from earthwork and limestone that portrays a reclining woman gazing at her opened hand, which is large enough for a child or adult to sit allowing its visitors to be part of the sculpture. You are invited to sit in the hand of the Muse and discover your hidden potential as she whispers to you.
SPONSORED BY Wayne M. Densch Charities, Inc.
4. Take Flight by Douwe Blumberg
Robinson St. at Lake Eola Park
On the water’s edge of Lake Eola, Take Flight depicts a flock of birds ascending into the sky. The birds are made from cast alloy and welded together to create the sculpture which complements the Lake Eola walkways and shoreline. Capturing a fleeting moment of beauty and defying gravity, Take Flight embodies a spirit of freedom and transcendent joy.
SPONSORED BY Darden
5. Union by Ralfonso Gschwend
Robinson St. and Eola Dr. at Lake Eola Park
Union is a group of six 25-feet tall steel aluminum poles adorned at the top with numerous curved wings that when a small breeze blows orchestrates a continuous dance of 30 gracefully rotating, intersecting wings. Union is almost always in movement and so each time the sculpture is viewed it never seems the same. Just as life moves in unpredictable ways, Union makes visible the effect and interaction of unseen forces.
SPONSORED BY Harvey and Carol Massey Family
6. Monument in Right Feet Major by Todji Kurtzman
Central Blvd. and Eola Dr. at Lake Eola Park
Monument in Right Feet Major was inspired by the towering skyscrapers of New York City and the young artists that the sculptor knew at that time who were doing the work to rise to the heights of their potential. Grounded in the earth with two right feet, it is clear to see the determination of this aspirant to look for answers within.
SPONSORED BY Kiene/Quigley
7. Cedar of Lebanon by Jacob Harmeling
Central Blvd. at Lake Eola Park
A reflection of our community’s diversity, strength and elegance, Cedar of Lebanon is a three-story high sculpted tree made from a combination of hand bent sprinkler pipes and mirrored stainless steel canopies that represent the tree’s leaves. The sculpture is lit from within. Cedar of Lebanon represents the natural, earthy elements that can be found throughout Orlando’s vast landscape.
SPONSORED BY Khaled Akkawi
8. Centered by C.J. Rench
Central Blvd. at Lake Eola Park
Centered is a bold monumental sculpture made of eight individual forms arching in perfect balance with a kinetic yellow center able to spin in the wind. Because each piece of this sculpture is fabricated in various widths and colors, Centered seems to change its shape from every angle it is viewed. Centered makes reference to how Orlando is the center of family fun, experiences and memories. The yellow form in the center also pays tribute to Orlando’s clear and sunny weather.
SPONSORED BY Universal Orlando Resort
Details provided by DowntownOrlando