– Orlando took another step toward boosting its public art on Wednesday when Mayor
The See Art Orlando program is designed to enhance the cultural image of the city — and make "The City Beautiful" even more beautiful — by installing sculptures throughout downtown.
The mayor first announced the $1.5 million program in August. The pieces will be paid for by private donations.
A local, national and international call for artists resulted in more than 170 submissions from 36 states and 16 countries. The See Art Orlando board of directors and donors selected seven, including Orlando resident Jacob Harmeling. Owner of QUI Studios in the Ivanhoe Village MainStreet District, Harmeling will create a sculpture to be placed in the
Other selected artists include:
• Douwe Blumberg of DeMossville, Ky., will create the sculpture along Robinson Street in Lake Eola Park.
• Ralfonso Gschwend of
• Todji Kurtzman of Portland, Ore., will create the sculpture at the corner of Eola Drive and Central Boulevard.
• DeeDee Morrison of Birmingham, Ala., will create the sculpture at the
• Wendy Ross of
• Meg White will create the sculpture along Rosalind Avenue in Lake Eola Park.
"The artists selected are world-class with national and international acclaim," said See Art Orlando chairwoman Jennifer
The selected artists are beginning the design phase. Installation of the sculptures is expected to be complete this September.