By Bryan Boggiano
The Living Story of Coral Springs, a narrative sculpture telling the 60-year history of Coral Springs, will make its debut on the lawn adjacent to the Coral Springs Museum of History.
On Wednesday, March 15, the city commission unanimously approved purchasing the sculpture from Casto Solano for $150,000, which includes design, fabrication, delivery, and installation.
According to the city, there were no taxes used for the purchase.
The Living Story of Coral Springs will have six sculpted panels of corten steel with images and texts cut out of the panels. They will be arranged in a series of ribbons that emit light and project shadows on the ground adjacent to the sculpture.
The exact photos or scenes the panels will include have yet to be determined.
Each panel will be shaped into an open book and measure 5.5 feet long and 8.5 feet wide. The work’s oxidized patina will give it a red and orange appearance.
The Living Story of Coral Springs’s approval follows the establishment of the Public Art Committee in 2003, which oversees public art projects. The committee receives funding through development and redevelopment within the city.
The committee issued a call-to-artists order on Nov. 1 for proposals commemorating the city’s 60th anniversary. The artwork had to be interactive, durable, require low maintenance, and visually represent and inspire feelings of early Coral Springs.
The committee received 32 proposals and ultimately selected Solano’s proposal on Jan. 23.
Commissioner Joy Carter moved to approve purchasing Solano’s sculpture, which Commissioner Joshua Simmons seconded. It passed unanimously.
The city projects the sculpture will be complete by Nov. 2023.
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