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The Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition


 

About the Competition 

The 19th Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition is on display on the Lemon Street Promenade now through the end of 2019. Many may not be aware that the sculptures found on Lemon Street are a part of a special exhibit that changes annually. This year’s competition has brought a diverse array of sculptures to those blocks of downtown Lakeland.

A call to artists was put out in the fall of 2018 asking for sculpture submissions to be considered. A jury comprised of City staff, Polk Museum of Art representatives, and members of the arts community in Lakeland gathered to review and jury the pieces submitted. Over 60 submissions narrowing them down to the 10 to be displayed over the next year.

People's Choice 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 People's Choice Award winner, George Retkes of St. Petersburg, FL for "Obeliral"! Visit the City of Lakeland's Facebook Page to see how everyone voted!


Meet the Artists

  • Hanna Jubran | Grimesland, NC

    A Note from the Artist

    This sculpture depicts the lunar eclipse and celestial bodies in motion.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Lunar Eclipse
    Medium:
    steel and paint


    Learn More

    Visit Hannajubran.com to learn more about the artist!

  • Carl Billingsley | Greensboro, NC

     


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Comet-Fire & Ice
    Medium:
    Cast Iron & Stainless steel


    Learn More

    Visit billingsleyatelier.com to learn more about the artist!

  • Jarod Charzewski | Charleston, SC

    A Note from the Artist

    Bicycle fenders attached to a steel armature


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Fender Bender
    Medium:
    Bicycle fenders, steel armature 


    Learn More

    Visit jarodcharzewski.com to learn more about the artist!

  • Robert Cordisco | Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    A Note from the Artist

    A drawing is transferred to stainless steel and cut with a plasma torch. The pieces are then assembled by arc welding. Next the piece is ground, and sanded to a fine finish with power and hand tools. Lastly the piece is sprayed with an automotive clear coat.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Quest
    Medium:
    Stainless Steel


    Learn More

    Visit www.robertcordisco.com to learn more about the artist!

  • Paul Saviskas | Inverness, FL

    A Note from the Artist

    Owl Family


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Out All Night
    Medium:
     Stainless Steel

     

  • Madeleine Lord | Dudley, MA

    A Note from the Artist

    Dedicated to the Parkland School survivors, in series "Talking Back to the News"


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Walk the Walk
    Medium:
    welded painted scrap steel


    Learn More

    Visit mlordsculpts.com to learn more about the artist!

  • Chris Plaisted | New Milford, CT

    A Note from the Artist

    My sculpture tends to focus on forms of conflict. It may be in the concept: man vs. nature, social vs. emotion or it may be the tension created by the use of contrasting materials. I connect with the juxtaposition of different materials, steel with copper and concrete, wood with metals. I believe that the opposing materials, or colors in my work, intensify each element’s properties to produce a more dynamic form of fine art.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Jack Was Optimistic
    Medium:
     Steel, Aluminum


    Learn More

    Visit cfplaistedsculpture.com to learn more about the artist!

  • Russell Whiting | Breaux Bridge, LA

    A Note from the Artist

    Combination of Princess Leia and a dragonfly, fabricated in stainless steel


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Dragonfly
    Medium:
     steel


    Learn More

    Visit whitingsculpture.com to learn more about the artist!

  • Glenn Zweygardt | Alfred Station, NY

    A Note from the Artist

    The story of Giotto responding to a submission request for a commission to the pope with a perfect hand drawn circle has stayed with me for fifty some years. Round as the O in Giotto is a phrase from my Renaissance Art History class that brings to mind not only Giotto but also modern art.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Feng Shui Giotto
    Medium:
    Painted Steel, Bronze, Cast Glass, Verde Antique


    Learn More

    Visit glennzweygardt.com to learn more about the artist!

  • George Retkes | St. Petersburg, FL

    A Note from the Artist

    The sculpture consists of two spiraling obelisk like structures sprouting from the Earth up towards the sky as they nearly converge at the focal point. They are fabricated with steel frames and clad in aluminum plating.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Obeliral
    Medium:
    aluminum, steel, patina


    Learn More

    Visit www.georgeretkes.com to learn more about the artist!


Lemon Street Promenade

Covering three (3) blocks of Lemon Street between South Florida Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, a visit to the FLOSC sculptures is perfect for a quick weekend outing or a quick lunch break.

According to City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Pam Page, “The sculptures on Lemon Street were introduced to provide free access to public art for all who live in and visit our community. We are fortunate to live in a city that recognizes the value public art introduces to our culture and well-being.”

Which sculpture is YOUR favorite?


Walking Tour