Obelisk Love


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.

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The piece located at the base of the Bridge of Lions included some of St. Augustine’s most recognizable symbols.

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Replicas of the 30-foot Monumento de la Constitución, the art is on display throughout the historic district in St. Augustine.

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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.

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In fact, I even found one in the cemetery.

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Standing 8 1/2 feet tall, the obelisks are done in a variety of styles.
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Painted, covered in mirrors even obelisks displayed upside down.

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The artwork represents the values found on the constitution monument: democracy, human rights, freedom and compassion.

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Sometimes these values are in written form and on other pieces they’re represented visually.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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