LAKELAND, FL (March 24, 2022) – The 22ndAnnual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition is on display along the Lemon Street Promenade and Lakeland Public Library. The sculptures have all been installed and will be on display now through the end of 2022. The community is encouraged to vote for their favorite sculpture by visiting the People’s Choice web page at https://bit.ly/2022FLOSCPeoplesChoice or through the City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=LakelandGov&set=a.337867778369948.
Pam Page, Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation said, “Cast your vote for your favorite sculptures in the 2022 Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. The People’s Choice Award will be given to the sculpture with highest number of votes. Visit the City of Lakeland’s Facebook page or the dedicated web page and cast your vote now!” Participants can select multiple sculptures in the survey! We won’t make you narrow it down to just one. The survey can only be submitted once per device. Voting ends April 28th at 4 p.m.
In the fall of 2021, artists submitted applications through an online application process for consideration in the 2021 show. A jury comprised of City staff, Polk Museum of Art representatives, and members from the local arts community gathered to review the pieces of art. Artists submitted more than 60 sculptures for review, with the jury picking 12 of the very best to be displayed. This year, the footprint of the exhibit space has expanded to include two sculptures at the Lakeland Public Library on Lake Morton. The remaining 10 sculptures cover three blocks of Lemon Street between South Florida and Massachusetts Avenue. The artwork along the Lemon Street Promenade and Library provides a great aesthetic that can be enjoyed on a weekend stroll or as a diversion while visiting the swans on Lake Morton.
The jury chose several pieces that lend themselves to selfie spots. “Red Digital Arch” and “Guardian Wings” can be found on Lemon Street, but you won’t want to miss “Wonder” at the Library – where you can stand underneath whimsical flowers for a Seuss-inspired photo opportunity. Page said, “The sculptures on Lemon Street were introduced to provide free access to public art for all who live and visit our community. We are fortunate to live in a City that recognizes the value of public art that introduces culture and well-being.”
For more information about the artist, sculptures and the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, please visithttps://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/parks-recreation/florida-outdoor-sculpture-competition.