CORAL SPRINGS, FL – How do you like these public artwork pieces in Coral Springs?
Like them or not, they are now a part of the landscape after city officials approved $125,000 through public art funds to permanently display two pieces in an effort to beautify Coral Springs.
The 12-feet-tall, stainless steel sculpture – Give Them Wings, by artist Amie J. Jacobsen – costs $97,000, according to the city.
Give Them Wings was selected through the city’s Call to Artists initiative to create an interactive sculpture at the ArtWalk on NW 31 Court.
And the colorful, free-standing artwork -- Celebration, by artist Cecilia Lueza – costs $28,000.
It was one of five pieces that were part of the 2020 Sculpture on Sample Road and ArtWalk Temporary Exhibition from February to June.
As part of the exhibition, residents and others picked Celebration as their favorite sculpture through responses on social media.
The money to pay for the sculptures is coming from impact fees on new development or redevelopment projects. There are no tax dollars used to purchase art pieces.
According to a city news release, Jacobsen created her artwork to depict butterfly wings with cast glass tiles infused with iridescent color. Give Them Wings invites spectators “to be part of the art by standing in the middle of its wings.”
“Coral Springs is a young, family-oriented community that values education,” Jacobsen said in the release. “Butterflies are iconic symbols of growth and development, fitting for a family-centered community.”
Celebration is inspired by “happiness, innocence and freedom, which are all represented through the dancing joyous child celebrating life itself,” the release said.
“My goal as an artist is to create unique and engaging sculptures that propose a dynamic interaction with the viewer, allowing a personal exploration of the work on a physical level,” Lueza, the artist, said in the release.
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