“We started the Sculpture 360 program last year as a way of bringing quality artwork that would be vibrant and engage the public in the Cleveland Street District,” said Christopher Hubbard, the City of Clearwater’s cultural affairs specialist. “The artwork creates a sense of place in the District; a ‘gallery without walls’ … By exhibiting artwork in the public realm, the citizens and visitors of Clearwater can experience a bit of culture in their daily lives without having to visit a gallery or performance theatre, it’s right there on the street.”
Sculpture 360 is a year-long exhibit, providing the Cleveland Street district with new works of art each year. The program, funded through a partnership with the Downtown Development Board, is expected to help Clearwater establish a reputation as an arts friendly city. “As we expand our cultural opportunities, it is good to have a stable anchor of success to refer back to, something to show that the arts are alive and well and that they are making a difference,” says Hubbard.
“Linear V” is on display on Cleveland Street, between East Ave and Garden Ave, just outside of Station Square Condos, and “Going Green” is on display east of the Cleveland Street and Garden Avenue intersection.
The city plans to hold a public opening and dedication of the sculptures in early September, following the erection of the third piece. Docents will provide tours of the artwork and information about the Sculpture 360: Art in Cleveland Street program.
For more information about Sculpture 360, visit www.myclearwater.com/culturalarts and click on the Sculpture360 link.