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The Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition


 

About the Competition 

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 41 submissions narrowing them down to the 10 to be displayed over the next year.

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People's Choice 2018

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.  


Meet the Artists

  • Lee Bell | Sarasota, FL

    Sea Horse - Serefina

    A Note from the Artist

    Serefina is a large seahorse composed of a blended modeling compound of cement, concrete, kaolin, recycled materials, fortified sealant stains and acrylics. This work is an effort on my part as an artist to create more with recycled materials and make a statement about the waste that winds up in our waters and impacts our sea life.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    The Sea Horse - Serefina
    Medium:
    Mixed media, cement, recycled materials, fortified stains


    Learn More

    Visit blacklilystudio.com to learn more about this artist! 

  • Jonathan Bowling | Greenville, NC

    Cauldron Teats Mare and Filly

    A Note From the Artist

    Cauldron Teats is a life sized cow in repurposed steel.

    Mare and Filly is a duo of life sized horses made from repurposed steel. 


    FLOSC Sculptures

    Cauldron Teats
    Medium: 
    Repurposed steel

    Mare and Filly
    Medium: Repurposed steel


    Learn More

    Visit jonathanbowling.com to learn more about this artist!

  • Jarod Charzewski | Charleston, SC

    Re-Cycled

    A Note From the Artist

    The bicycle is a integral part of daily life in many parts of the world, and for many, the bicycle is an expression of their personality. Whether it be the type of bike, the color, the fenders, the tires, or even the seat; no bike is ever the same, and there is a tremendous amount of pride that each owner carries for their bicycle. This piece is meant to reflect the joy that every bicycle owner feels when the set out for a ride.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Re-Cycled
    Medium: Chainrings, steel pipe, 12" plate steel


    Learn More

    Visit jarodcharzewski.com to learn more about this artist!

  • Donald Gialanella | St. Petersburg, FL *People's Choice Award Winner!*

    Gaia

    A Note from the Artist

    This iconic feminine face represents peace and a oneness with nature as she looks skyward as if contemplating the future.

    Interactivity will be a feature of this sculpture - through an entryway in the back of the head, you can walk into and stand in the interior of the head to pose inside her "mind" for a photo. This iconic feminine face represents peace and a oneness with nature as she looks skyward as if contemplating the future.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Gaia 
    Medium: Stainless steel


    Learn More

    Visit donsculpture.com to learn more!

  • Judith Greavu | Bluffton, OH

    Tide Pool with Shrimp

    A Note From the Artist

    The forms, textures and movements of animals and plants inform all my work. Sometimes the expressions directly represent specific subjects. Sometimes the forms are transformed and combined in new ways. Always there is a strong sense of movement and an obvious delight in tactile qualities. The visual involvement with natural land and sea creatures evolved from a childhood spent in rural, coastal Florida.

    The tide pool plants and animals are directly represented in the bronze while the glass part gives a magnified view of tiny fairy shrimp and plants. I hope the overall form gives a sense of ocean movement.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Tide Pool with Shrimp
    Medium: Bronze and fused glass

     

  • Chris Plaisted | New Milford, CT

    Harbinger

    A Note from the Artist

    I have wanted to create some version of an abstract cross for quite some time now. Inspired by the religious relics at the Cloisters, in Manhattan, I felt that it should be interesting from all vantage points. I also have a fascination with bridges, and their precise structures. I had worked on a bunch of sketches but nothing really stuck. By integrating those two objects of my fascination and inspiration, I sketched this piece and finally it seemed to work. 


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Harbinger
    Medium:
     Steel


    Learn More

    Visit cfplaistedsculpture.com to learn more about this artist!

  • Jonathan Schork | St. Petersburg, FL

    Athena Shrine

    Note From the Artist

    This sculpture includes solar LED spotlights inside the hull & focused on the figurehead. Sail "remnants" are comprised of aluminum tubing "wind chimes" that add a subtle musical component. Your audience may be encouraged to leave small votive offerings in the shrine area, built into the deck of the fo'c's'le (you may find this content quite fascinating). the other two images are of "Aenscapes IV: Feuilles en Verre", a 22' tall steel tree with pendant glass prisms for leaves & glass insulators for fruit at the end of each branch. 

     


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Athena Shrine
    Medium: Steel, aluminum, LED lighting


    Learn More

    Visit jonathan-schork-studios.com to learn more about this artist!

  • Robert C. Stentiford, Sr. | Ocala, FL

    Silver

    A Note from the Artist

    Looking back on 90 years of life, it has been a rather long journey, remembering as a little boy where I grew up in England, with a box of crayons drawing my vision of a dog. As the years went by, this vision changed from time to time. Now at long last, He is here! "Silver", a sculpture making an everyday appearance. Man's best friend Silver, rest as he sits. His head turned to the voices of children playing birds singing in the background or a motor bike passing. If he could speak, he might say, "People stop by with comments about me. I like that. I'm Silver. My master has finally put me together.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Silver
    Medium: Aluminum & Wood Sculpture

     

  • Glenn Zweygardt | Alfred Station, NY

    Global Marker 

    A Note From The Artist

    Here is an example of my classical modernist period. 1800's Vermont marble and Verde Antique provide a strong and elegant column and capital for the sphere and curved horn element. Temples and gods of antiquity whisper through this new rendition of a very old form.


    FLOSC Sculpture

    Global Marker
    Medium: Marble, Cast Bronze, Verde Antique


    Learn More

    Visit glennzweygardt.com to learn more!


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

Our GIS team has put together a walking map for you to explore. Enjoy!