By Sharon Aron Baron
Coral Springs has two new public art installations — however, one of them beckons residents and visitors to be part of it by posing as a butterfly’s body.
Give Them Wings
Coral Springs first wrote about the installation piece Give Them Wings, by artist Amie J. Jacobsen, located at The Artwalk, which invites the spectator to be part of the art by standing in the middle of the butterfly wings. This creates a memorable photo opportunity engaging visitors who interact with it.
The Public Art Committee received Seventy-three applications, but artist Amie J. Jacobsen was selected to design and fabricate the 12-feet tall, stainless steel Give Them Wings sculpture.
The artwork depicts butterfly wings with cast glass tiles infused with iridescent color. Florida is home to an estimated 200 species of butterflies – colorful creatures that are iconic symbols of growth and development.
“Coral Springs is a young, family-oriented community that values education. Butterflies are iconic symbols of growth and development, fitting for a family-centered community, ” said artist Amie J. Jacobson.
The second art installation is Celebration, created by Florida resident Cecilia Luiza, who was part of the 2020 Sculpture on Sample & ArtWalk temporary exhibition from February 2020 to June 2020. Five artworks were temporarily on display along Sample Road and the ArtWalk; community input was solicited through social media to select a permanent art piece. Residents had an opportunity to vote on their favorite temporary public art piece via social media, and Celebration received the most “likes.”
This art piece will be permanently located at 9590 West Sample Road.
Lueza explained that Celebration touches on her lifelong fascination with color’s visual effects and the concepts of space, movement, and transition. The playful, free-standing sculpture is inspired by happiness, innocence, and freedom, all represented through the joyous dancing child celebrating life itself.
Regarding the artwork, artist Cecilia Lueza 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.”
Both pieces were approved by the City Commission and the appointed citizen Public Art Committee (PAC), which approves artwork proposals and final artwork placement on private property.
Public Art Administrator and Consultant Laura Atria believes these artworks will add to the overall aesthetic of Coral Springs, and the purchase and maintenance of the artworks, which beautifies Coral Springs, is paid for through the developer impact fee, no ad valorem tax money is used,
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