The City of Orlando issued a request for proposals in July 2020 that we told you about HERE, asking for submissions for a new three-dimensional art piece that would be installed along the I-4 corridor.
The proposed artwork will be placed near the Colonial Drive Pedestrian Bridge, just south of Colonial Drive, north of Concord Street, east of Garland Avenue and I-4, and west of the CSX railway.
The City of Orlando was awarded $400,000 by the I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment Program, which is funding multiple installations all along the interstate. $50,000 of that award will be retained by the City for any repair or maintenance costs in the future.
Out of 308 submissions for the project, a City-appointed I-4 Ultimate Art Committee has selected four finalists, with the the top choice being a submission by Hunter Brown.
Brown’s 36-foot-tall Solidarity will be comprised of 316-grade stainless steel and weigh approximately 10,000 pounds when completed. We’ve attached the artist’s statement below:
“Solidarity is a modern stainless steel sculpture design, composed of twisting ribbon-like forms that extrude upward in space, embracing a large reflective sphere high in the sky. The sphere represents our world and the communities we live in. The forms in this design appear to be lifting the sphere upward in the sky in a prevailing fashion. These forms join together as one at the base, where they loop around, becoming visually anchored by a cantilevered arch. The arch is a structure with deep resonance. It embodies and is symbolic of strength, support, and thresholds in time. The relationship between forms in the Solidarity design reflects our relationships in our communities, and in our world. There is strength in unity, working together, and a collective effort for the greater good. In a year of trials, pandemic, and division this is more important now than ever.”
The sculpture is expected to be installed by the end of summer 2021.
Click HERE to see the winning design by RLF Architects which will be installed in Winter Park by the end of the year.