Unable to attend the the event introducing the newly installed sculptures at Tuscawilla Park last week, we wandering through the park on a cloudless day that provided a beautiful backdrop for the art in the park, starting with the piece “Recycled” which shone brightly in the sun.
Is this home plate standing on home plate? I’m not sure. And why the raised arms?
I love the contrast of the individual welded metal blades of grass swaying among the Spanish moss.
And the “Square Wave” provided an alternative to our usual selfies.
Each of the sculptures includes a plaque with its title, artist, a brief description and a QR code or phone number which provides additional information about each piece.
An insect? I’m not sure. It sure it different than the Big Bugs currently at Harry P. Leu Gardens.
“To Hear a Grove Sing” is a history lesson in the form of a sculpture telling the story of the citrus industry in Florida.
A wave wrapping around the lake. I love this piece.
I even found a piece of art that complimented my shirt.
The “Oak Leaf Seat” creates a dilemma since the leaf clearly invites you to take a seat, but the signs indicate that visitors are not to climb on the artwork.
I love seeing artwork in parks and other public places, but at Tuscawilla Park, the natural beauty of the trees and lake only enhance the pleasure of spending a day in the park.
This year’s Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll Celebration will take place on March 12th, a day to add to your calendar, but if you don’t make it on the 12th, don’t miss it. What a wonderful way to take a walk and enjoy art in the park.
A Sunday afternoon walk turned into a six mile trek culminating at Tuscawilla Park where we strolled along the water’s edge enjoying the dozen sculptures on exhibit as part of the Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.
By scanning the QR codes located at the base of the sculptures, visitors can learn more about the art and their creators, and you can even download a scavenger hunt brochure that can be taken to the Appleton Museum of Art and exchanged for museum admission.
Florada, the first sculpture we encountered was located in the water near the bridge.
Sunset, a piece on the water’s edge, framed the fast moving clouds.
Then we encountered Ultimate Truth, a water inspired piece.
A Bramble Tunnel and a piece called Primal Unity were both created by two artists from North Carolina.
Of course a horse had to be featured…Uplifted.
Under the Sea and Deflection are two more abstract pieces.
Somehow we missed one called 3 Climbers, but we didn’t miss Shanti.
Art wasn’t the only attraction. We even saw a white pelican.
On Saturday, March 14th, the public’s invited to participate in the Tuscawilla Sculpture Stroll Celebration and vote for the People’s Choice Award. A full day of family friendly activities will take place including art activities, live entertainment and food. An event not to be missed.
Sculptures have brightened Tuscawilla Park in an effort to get citizens to Re-Discover Tuscawilla.
Ten pieces of art have encouraged walkers to investigate all corners of the park.
An audio tour was available using cell phones as well as a scavenger hunt.
My favorite sculpture was also the one chosen as Best in Show. Sarah’s interaction with Lofted, by John Gamache, illustrates why this piece is so much fun.
The pieces left the park on September 21st to prepare for round two of the event. If you missed the 2013-2014 Outdoor Sculpture Competition, make plans to visit the park and enjoy the 2014-2015 competition.
The newly installed sculptures will be unveiled on Friday, October 17th during a VIP Sculpture Reception (tickets available at the Discovery Center
) or wait until later in the month to take an art walk in the park.