The 18th Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition is on display on the Lemon Street Promenade now through the end of 2018. 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 2017 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.
Congratulations to our People's Choice winner for the 2018 Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Donald Gialanella! His sculpture, Gaia (below), received the most votes (510)!
With 454 votes, Serefina by Lee Bell came in second. Mare and Filly by Jonathan Bowling came in third with 232 votes.
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?
Our GIS team has put together a walking map for you to explore. Enjoy!