New Works of Art Exhibited on Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District as part of the City’s Sculpture 360 Program
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District is giving visitors something to talk about and see, with the installation of three new art sculptures. The new pieces of artwork titled “Dancer of the Wind,” “Influx” and “Eternity Relic” were installed in August as part of Clearwater’s Sculpture 360 program. Sculpture 360 is a rotating exhibition of temporary artwork and is part of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Program. The exhibition is supported through contributions from the City’s Public Art Fund and partnerships with other local donors and organizations. This is the eighth season for Sculpture 360, and will run through December 2018.
Sculpture 360: Season VIII Summaries:
“Dancer of the Wind”
Clearwater artists Gus & Lina Ocamposilva work as a collaborative team of self-taught metal artists; he aims the welding torch, she cuts the metal sheets. Some days, they switch. Together, they create and install aluminum sculptures around the world, sharing their passion for art with citizens of all nations.
The sculptures are made of strong aluminum, but appear soft and fluid. The bended forms incorporate tubes and exposed bolts, accentuating the Ocamposilvas’ signature bright colors. The couple’s first abstract sculpture was inspired by a spider’s web, and since then, they have drawn inspiration from nature, with which they share their passion for life with all who view their artwork. More information can be found at ocamposilva.com.
Argentine-born, American-based artist and sculptor Cecilia Lueza studied visual arts at the University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Today, she is well-known for creating vibrant public art pieces in a range of mixed media. Throughout her career, she has intensely explored a wide range of media, from traditional painting and sculpture to monumental projects such as street murals and large-format public art. A resident of St. Petersburg, Lueza has participated in a variety of Tampa Bay-area exhibitions, and has had her work exhibited in respected institutions in Miami, Jacksonville and Washington DC, among many others.
Inspired by water and movement, “Influx” captures the transition of colors as waves take shape. The artwork was created specifically for the city of Clearwater and showcases Lueza's talent for color selection. More information can be found at lueza.com.
Glass artist Marlene Rose is no stranger to heat; watching her at work in her studio is a glimpse into a heavenly inferno. A National Endowment of the Arts grantee, Rose makes her days between fabrication in her studio, and design work at her gallery, located in Downtown Clearwater. To create her signature pieces, Rose puts multiple hours of work into the design and creation of a mold, which will later be filled with molten glass at temperatures reaching upwards 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Though always a complex and dangerous process, Rose and her well-trained crew turn this process into a dance, each partner knowing exactly what to do and when, and resulting in an artwork reflecting the energy of its creation.
Eternity Relic is described as a monument, a last surviving reminder of a far-forgotten time and place, in a distance empire-universe of the imagination. More information can be found at marlenerose.com.
"Dancer of the Wind"