Take Flight

We’ve been covering the installation of the eight See Art Orlando sculptures.

Tonight they will officially be unveiled at an event with Mayor Buddy Dyer.

The eight sculptures are all in the downtown area with six at Lake Eola Park.

They are being paid for by private donations.

Here’s a little bit of information about each sculpture.

At the end we’ve included a photo gallery with some great professional photos from See Art Orlando along with a map of the sculpture locations.

Astrogenesis II — by Wendy Ross — Rising 30 feet into the sky, Astrogenesis II speaks to the manifestation of energy. Energy spirals throughout the structure enhanced by the arrangement of 12 triangular “florets” that spiral upward toward a spherical form of projections that glisten and quiver with the slightest of air currents and thatglows from within at night. Astrogenesis II also evokes aspects of the botanical world. Like a plant reaching and turning toward the light and beyond, it represents a flowering of the possible. SPONSORED BY DeVos Family Foundations

Global Convergence by Deedee Morrison Global Convergence reflects the continued and accelerating effects of our global interconnectedness as a result of technology, infrastructure and lifestyle. A 12’ globe was created with cut-out patterns made from industrial grade sheets aluminum that are welded to an aluminum frame. The patterns in the aluminum allow the panels to vibrantly showcase the school of Shoal Bass swimming in a blue hue cast from the interior LED lighting system. SPONSORED BY Bright House Networks

Muse of Discovery by Meg White The Muse of Discovery is a monumental sculpture made from earthwork and limestone that portrays a reclining woman gazing at her opened hand, which is large enough for a child or adult to sit allowing its visitors to be part of the sculpture. The Muse of Discovery is a fanciful and interactive piece that excites the imagination of all its viewers. You are invited to sit in the hand of the Muse and discover your hidden potential as she whispers to you. SPONSORED BY Wayne M. Densch Charities, Inc.

Take Flight by Douwe Blumberg On the water’s edge of Lake Eola, Take Flight depicts a flock of birds ascending into the sky. The birds are made from cast alloy and welded together to create the sculpture which complements the Lake Eola walkways and shoreline. Capturing a fleeting moment of beauty and defying gravity, Take Flight embodies a spirit of freedom and transcendent joy. SPONSORED BY Darden

Union by Ralfonso Gschwend Union is a group of six 25-feet tall steel aluminum poles adorned at the top with numerous curved wings that when a small breeze blows orchestrates a continuous dance of thirty gracefully rotating, intersecting wings. Union is almost always in movement and so each time the sculpture is viewed it never seems the same. Just as life moves in unpredictable ways, Union makes visible the effect and interaction of unseen forces. SPONSORED BY Harvey & Carol Massey Family

Monument in Right Feet Major by Todji Kurtzman Monument in Right Feet Major was inspired by the towering skyscrapers of New York city and the young artists that the sculptor knew at that time who were doing the work to rise to the heights of their potential. Grounded in the earth with two right feet, it is clear to see the determination of this aspirant to look for answers within. SPONSORED BY Kiene/Quigley

Cedar of Lebanon by Jacob Harmeling A reflection of our community’s diversity, strength and elegance, Cedar of Lebanon is a three-story high sculpted tree made from a combination of hand bent sprinkler pipes and mirrored stainless steel canopies that represent the tree’s leaves. The sculpture is lit from within. Cedar of Lebanon represents the natural, earthy elements that can be found throughout Orlando’s vast landscape. SPONSORED BY Khaled Akkawi

Centered by C.J. Rench Centered is a bold monumental sculpture made of eight individual forms arching in perfect balance with a kinetic yellow center able to spin in the wind. Because each piece of this sculpture is fabricated in various widths and colors, Centered seems to change its shape from every angle it is viewed. Centered makes reference to how Orlando is the center of family fun, experiences and memories. The yellow form in the center also pays tribute to Orlando’s clear and sunny weather.SPONSORED BY Universal Orlando Resort

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  1. I love the “Take Flight” the best. It looks good in blue light but will it’ll be interesting to see it in other colored lights.

  2. Hi Billy, I believe the idea is to tie into the same colors at the Fountain. We’ll see how that evolves overtime…I’ll assume that they will find some standard colors on the sculptures (outside of special events) just as they have for the fountain.

  3. Love the idea and most of the sculptures but I’m not a fan of the multi-colored lighting on some of the installations.