Obelisk: a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top
Twenty-five obelisks, painted by local artists, adorn the streets of St. Augustine as part of the city’s 450th anniversary celebration.
The piece located at the base of the Bridge of Lions included some of St. Augustine’s most recognizable symbols.
Replicas of the 30-foot Monumento de la Constitución, the art is on display throughout the historic district in St. Augustine.
While on a scavenger hunt for the art, I realized I’d overlooked the many obelisks that have always been a part of St. Augustine.
In fact, I even found one in the cemetery.
Painted, covered in mirrors even obelisks displayed upside down.
The artwork represents the values found on the constitution monument: democracy, human rights, freedom and compassion.
Sometimes these values are in written form and on other pieces they’re represented visually.
Created by YarnBombJax.com covered an obelisk in yarn to recognize the involvement of Kat Twine in St. Augustine’s Civil Rights movement. Their description of their work:
Intertwined across our obelisk are reminders that our FREEDOM is not free; that our HUMAN RIGHTS are a privilege; that our COMPASSION is synonymous with servitude; and that our DEMOCRACY is divided by house. Using unexpected colors, textures, and patterns we have elevated these four values and imbued then with a sense of surrealism.
My favorite was located at The Cathedral Bascilica of St. Augustine. As the artist, Kevin Curry says about this obelisk:
That which we hold in the palm of our hand can have monumental consequences.
This public art will be on display through the end of the month so it’s not too late to make a trip to the nation’s oldest city or at least click here to see all 25 obelisks.