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‘Jumping Fish’ dedication ceremony set for April 8

Post Date:04/05/2019 8:41 AM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988


Sarasota, FL:  A dedication ceremony and celebration will be held for “Jumping Fish,” the newest addition to the City of Sarasota’s public art collection, on Monday, April 8.

The sculpture by artist Jeffrey Laramore was installed earlier this year in the roundabout at Palm and Cocoanut avenues in downtown Sarasota. The 16-foot-high and 12-foot-wide creation was inspired by the varied sea life of Sarasota Bay.

“Spotting a fish breaking the surface of the water during a sunset always adds to that rich seaside experience,” Laramore said. “‘Jumping Fish’ expresses our exuberance for the coastal setting that we love and cherish."

The sculpture is the 84th piece in the City of Sarasota public art collection. It was paid for via the City’s public art fund, which is funded by developer contributions. No public tax dollars were used.

“Jumping Fish” was selected by the City Commission from among 140 applications received during an extensive public process that began with an international call to artists.

The dedication ceremony, which has been organized by private businesses and community partners, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Palm/Cocoanut roundabout. A reception will immediately follow at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm. Ave. The public is welcome to attend.

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


About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 55,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at SarasotaFL.Gov

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