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Main Street Artscape Project
Proposals Due June 19, 2014

The City of Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust invite Florida-based artists or artist teams to submit their proposals for the public art installations planned for the City of Gainesville Public Works Departmentís Main Street Streetscape project. The Main Street Artscape initiative is an 18-month temporary exterior exhibit that will include six pedestal installations of different public artistsí work.

Solar Walk
NW 8th Avenue (between NW 34th Street and NW 22nd Street)
Gainesville, FL
“Gainesville Solar Walk” 2002

In a cooperative project with the Alachua Astronomy club, artist Elizabeth Indianos created monuments to represent the planets of our solar system.  Each of the ten, fourteen foot tall concrete monoliths is covered with tactile and visual information including: scientific facts, symbols and poetry.  The linear path of monoliths stretches along 8th Avenue, spaced in ratios of the actual distances between the planets on a scale of 4 billion to 1. 
  • 10 colored concrete monoliths.
  • Recycled glass and brick.
  • Relief text.
  • Glass marbles and stones

Two public art benches created by Elizabeth Indianos entitled, “Clouds, Stars and Moons” were added on May 10, 2006.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center
Citizens Park Gymnasium
1028 NE 14 Street, Gainesville, FL
"Gainesville Athletes", 2002

This mural displays several levels of sports that Gainesville athletes have achieved. Gainesville artist Suzanne Marie Raveling captures the potential that exist among our youth beginning with high school sports, to college, to major league baseball and ultimately Olympic achievement. As children play in the gymnasium they are surrounded by images depicting endless possibilities.

· Enamel paint on a 90' long and 24' tall cement block wall.

City Hall Project
City Hall, Entrance Lobby
200 E. University Avenue, Gainesville, FL
"A Gainesville Group Portrait" 1996

Richard Heipp, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Florida created this mixed media installation for the newly renovated City Hall building in which he presents an unofficial history of the people of Gainesville. Twelve lightboxes house group portraits of local peoples, circa 1900-1940 and each is layered with a "Hobo symbol." The intent is to pay homage to the working people, the disenfranchised of our community and to stand as a reminder that government exists to serve all people.

· 12 backlighted display panels with photographic color transparencies.
· 4 cutout metal figurative elements.
· 5 cutout metal symbols.



rejoinedSW 5th Ave Triangle

Artist Brad Smith states, “The design, a split column joined by three stainless steel bars, was to symbolize the old made new. It was also to act as a symbolic gateway connecting the University of Florida with the redeveloped University Heights neighborhood located adjacent to it.”

The origin of “Rejoined” dates back to the early 1900s when construction began on the “old Federal Building” in downtown Gainesville. Granite blocks were laid as the foundation, upon which a steel frame supported limestone moldings and entablature. The building was finished in 1911 and housed the Post Office and the Federal Court until 1964 when those offices were moved to the new Federal building. When the building was renovated to house Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre, a number of granite foundation blocks and limestone molding were removed from the structure and put into storage.

    • 2008, Indiana limestone, Georgia granite and stainless steel, recycled stone from renovation of the Hippodrome State Theatre Building

Indigenous Gainesville Regional Airport

    Pete Davidson, 41, and his dog Mullet put the finishing touches on an alligator sculpture titled 'Indigenous' located in front of the Gainesville Regional Airport. The sculpture is made from stone, cement and reclaimed copper while containing various found objects from the area, embedded into the sculpture. Some objects include a section of railroad tracks used to shape the eyes, an airplane propeller blade, typewriter keys, and an old University of Florida Gators’ soda bottle.  The bricks were recycled from Main Street Renovations.

Artist Pete Davidson states, “Indigenous is that which belongs, it assumes a rightful place. In the developed world today we travel constantly using the once abundant fossil fuels.  Will we always move about like this? As you travel today pause and consider the honored American alligator. Some scientists say the species is as much as 150 million years old. The gator is the true Florida native. Clear waters and tall trees have witnessed centuries of mans trials and triumphs. The objects collected and embedded in the form for you to discover were created or found here, now.  You are visiting or residing in the great Gainesville, Florida, home of the ancient American Alligator. Will you walk as the ancients did, go on Spanish horses’ hooves, ride the wagon wheels and the train tracks, or fly on the wings of an airplane? I celebrate in peace your place in this space with sculpture.”

Rosa Parks Downtown Regional Transfer Station
700 SE 3rd St., Gainesville, FL
“Civil Rights Mural”

Artist Alan Pearsall states, “Each of the twelve painted columns represent an image in the life of Rosa Parks or an important event in the struggle for Civil Rights.  Each column also has a written narrative or quote relating to the images. The images wrap around the columns and are very colorful drawing the viewer to walk around the mural and to read the comments on each. The murals are spread out giving the whole station a new identity. The trompe l'oeil effects of the ivy and sculpture echo the imagery of a classic museum.   Accessible to old and young alike, the history can be gathered in a creative way by viewing, reading or both. I used many local faces for models literally including the community in the murals.”

Corner of 16th Ave. and 13th St., Gainesville, FL.
"Helping Our Community"

The concept for the sixteen CVS panels was designed around the provided theme of "Helping Our Community". Artist Patrick Grigsby states, “I approached the theme from the poetic aspects of CVS customers' lives physically and metaphorically interacting, exchanging and intersecting at the corner of 16th Avenue and 13th Street in Gainesville, FL. The overlapping nature of personal needs of this random mass of people reveal common community needs in their interactions. This store gets absorbed into a neighborhood as customers frequent it and so its identity takes shape from those who inhabit it. While the store services pharmaceutical, personal and cosmetic related items, it also makes an investment in a visual presence to substantiate CVS's commitment to the community.  The media used to make this body of art work is intended to serve these notions as the identities of its subjects take on universal components. Any one of the figures within the frames could be anyone—me, my neighbor, my mother or the people I see at the same store. Using stencils cut from my own original photography, I created paper elements that rolled ink into and around the cut shapes to reveal recognizable and figurative elements. In some cases, details are very abstracted and in others, they seem almost detailed. The figures and faces selected to create my work were diverse and represent nearly anyone who might live in Gainesville, FL.  Some panels are playful, educational, or shared events; while others elicit emotional responses to childhood, health or the complexity of life. “

Public Works Administration Building
405 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, FL

Teresa Thompson
“It Flows to the River” (Storm water sculpture on
the 2nd floor, west wall), 13’ x 13 x 3,” aluminum,
LED lighting, powder coating, 2010

Teresa Thompson
“It All Works” (tree sculpture on 2nd floor East wall), 10’ x 12’ x 1,’
aluminum, LED lighting powder coating, 2010

“Multitaskers“ (the garbage can
sculpture on the first floor),
48” x 66” x 25,” aluminum, LED
lighting, powder coating, 2010
Florida artist Teresa Thompson states, "One of the reasons I love working with metal is its strength in spite of its ability to bend. It is used so often to support the structure of the whole. I see this as an analogy for the role of Public Works within the Gainesville community. I hope that my pieces created for the beautiful new Public Works building reflect that support structure. They were created to be big, dynamic and reflect many of the often unseen roles that Public Works plays in its day to day support of the whole."

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