CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Five new public art sculptures could soon be coming to downtown Coral Springs – including giant popsicles.
The artworks would be displayed on a temporary basis along Sample Road and ArtWalk (Northwest 31 Court) if the Coral Springs City Commission approves on Wednesday.
If permitted, the sculptures would be exhibited until June and residents would be able to weigh in on which pieces, if any, they like most, according to city records. The city would then have the option to purchase one or more of them for permanent display.
The city has budgeted $49,000 for the installation, removal and potential purchase of the sculptures, records show. The money is coming from impact fees on new development or redevelopment projects. There are no tax dollars in the budget.
The sculptures would be part of the city’s public art program meant to invigorate public spaces. There are more than 30 art pieces across Coral Springs.
“They’re interesting and talking pieces,” Coral Springs Vice Mayor Joy Carter said. “They are a part of our culture.”
Mayor Scott Brook added that public art also helps with healing the community after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy.
“It engages and connects us and shows the uniqueness of our city,” he said.
The new pieces were chosen from 70 submissions overseen by the city’s Public Art Committee.
The selected artists are:
1. David Sheldon, Fa-Sol, from Ashville, North Carolina
2. Cecilia Lueza, Celebration, from St. Petersburg, FL
3. Robin Morgan, SeaDance, from Sarasota, FL
4. Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, Tree, from Clearwater, FL
5. Craig Berube Gray, Popsicles, from Key West, FL
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