Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

Colorful sculpture reflects buzz of West Shore

WESTSHORE — Motorists entering Tampa's busiest business district these days are zipping by a colorful new sculpture.

Kinetic Ring, dedicated in December at Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway, reflects the flavor of West Shore.

"The area is a gateway into Tampa and is so busy," said St. Petersburg artist Catherine Woods, who designed the piece. "I wanted to reflect that with a pinwheel-inspired form that looks like it's moving."

Woods brought the tempered glass pieces from Germany and etched them with images from the area: palm trees from Cypress Point Park on green glass and a marina she found nearby on blue.

The corner park just southwest of WestShore Plaza is also home to a Hillsborough County memorial for veterans who died in World War I.

So how do the memorial and the art share the space?

"They are two very different pieces," said Ann Kulig, director of marketing at the Westshore Alliance, a business group promoting the office community near Tampa International Airport.

The memorial, dedicated in 1921 along with Memorial Highway, came to the corner in 1999 after a road expansion.

In 2010, it was included in a $1 million Kennedy Boulevard Enhancement Project, funded by the Department of Transportation. It was preserved at a cost of $80,000.

At the time, landscapers made accommodations for both monument and sculpture, Kulig said.

"We don't see the two together," she said.

Few people will, said Woods, who spent time there while designing her art piece. She hadn't known the war monument was there before.

She saw very few people walking.

"It's more designed to be interesting from a 360 degree view while driving by," she said, "because that is how it will be seen."

The artwork is the result of a collaboration between Tampa's Art Programs Division, the Westshore Alliance and the Westshore Residential Neighborhood Improvement Committee. The sculpture cost $95,311, with $44,000 coming from the private sector.

Elisabeth Parker can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3431.

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