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Sculpture360: Art in the Cleveland Street District - Season IV
Sculpture 360 has returned to downtown Clearwater with Season IV:
"Diversity" by Cecilia Lueza (St. Petersburg, FL)
Cecilia Lueza's oeuvre carries an implicit message that mixes mysticism and earthliness. She has been able to interweave all aesthetic and pictorial dimensions, leaving for posterity a humanistic testimony.
Born in Argentina, she started studying fine arts at a very young age and she graduated from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata in the mid-1990s. In 1999, this artist moved to Miami, where she worked with the master Perez Celis, from whom she not only received technical knowledge but also learned the important lesson of commitment and surrender to the creative act.
In addition to the undeniable influence of Perez Celis, her work has also been impacted by the oeuvre of Gustav Klimt, Goya, Bacon, and the Argentinians, Ernesto Deira and Carlos Alonso. Throughout her career, she has intensely explored a wide range of artistic media, from traditional media like painting, drawing, and sculpture-in wood, metal, urethane, fiberglass, and ceramic- to much more recent resources, like digital art.
More information about Cecilia Lueza's artwork can be found at www.lueza.com.
"Opposing Forces" by Hanna Jubran (Grimesland, NC)
Hanna Jubran received his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently a Sculpture Professor and Sculpture Area Coordinator at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Hanna's work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space. Each sculpture occupies and creates its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings. The work does not rely on one media to evoke the intended response, but takes advantage of compatible materials such as, wood, granite, steel, iron and bronze.
More information about Hanna Jubran's artwork can be found at www.hannajubran.com.
"Sun-Catcher" by Deedee Morrison (Birmingham, AL)
Recycled aluminum, colored Lucite, and solar panels were used to fabricate the powerful 15-foot-tall Sun-Catcher sculpture for Sculpture360: Season IV. "This is the wonderful opportunity for a sustainable public art project along the islands in the Cleveland Street District." says Deedee Morrison. As a sculptor and installation artist, Morrison has a particular affinity for plants, other natural forms, and light. The sculptor has coupled her interest in the natural world with a fascination for technical and scientific advances.
A unique style has evolved that reflect the artist's understanding of the natural world, by using heavy industrial metals and laser jet cutting methods to create solar powered sculptures. By necessity, nature has solved many of the problems we are currently facing in our physical and built environments. Morrison attempts to imitate the design principles that exist in the world to create sustainable solutions with art, by mimicking the patterns and strategies found in nature.
The color scheme of the Sun-Catcher sculpture mirrors the vibrant yellow hues of the sun. A solar panel is installed on the top panel of the sun totem - capturing the energy of the sun during the day and emitting its dramatic stored light at night, giving the sculpture an added dimension. This energy is released at night in the form of light - maintaining an energy balance that cannot be borrowed against. Sun-Catcher is a visual display of the power and energy that's available every day from a single solar panel's relationship with the sun.
More information about Deedee Morrison's artwork can be found at www.deedeemorrisonsculpture.com.
Sculpture360 is part of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Program and is funded through a partnership with the Downtown Development Board, and brings high-quality public artwork to residents and visitors. For more information about Sculpture360, please contact Christopher Hubbard at (727) 562-4837 or e-mail Christopher.Hubbard@myclearwater.com.