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Public Art installation scheduled for July 29; Portion of Orange Ave./Ringling Blvd. temporarily closed

Post Date:07/27/2018 10:59 AM

Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613;  jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

 

Sarasota, FL:  To accommodate the installation of a new public art sculpture within the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout, the northeast quadrant of the roundabout will be temporarily closed Sunday, July 29 from approximately 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The road will reopen as soon as the installation is completed. Bravo, public art, Jorge Blanco

 Created by Sarasota artist Jorge Blanco, the public art piece consists of three separate sculptures each standing 18 feet tall.  A cr­ane will be used to hoist the pieces into the center of the roundabout and join them together to become a sculpture called BRAVO!

Lighting for the sculpture will be installed in the near future.

 In anticipation of the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout being constructed, the City Commission approved the fabrication of BRAVO! in December 2016 following the recommendation of the Public Art Committee.  $150,000 in public art funds was allocated to the project.

To enhance aesthetics and a sense of place, public art is installed within the center of  new roundabouts located in the city limits.  The next installation will be at the Palm Avenue/Cocoanut Avenue roundabout within the next few months. 

The Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout opened in mid-May.  To minimize traffic impacts, City staff planned the installation of BRAVO! to occur during non-peak hours.    

For more information contact David Smith, Long Range Planning Manager:  941-365-2200 ext. 4175

 

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