First came the $10-million makeover. Then came the giant concrete spheres. • Now Cleveland Street is getting an outdoor art gallery. • Starting next week, three artworks will be installed in the downtown thoroughfare's median. • The project, called Sculpture 360: Art in the Cleveland Street District Outdoor Gallery, is part of the Clearwater public art and design program.
While the city has an arts ordinance requiring developers to set aside money for public art, the Sculpture 360 initiative was developed before it was in place. Instead, the $14,000 project was funded through a partnership with the Downtown Development Board and the Clearwater Downtown Partnership.
The city's cultural arts division solicited applications from around the country and formed a committee to select the finalists.
The three art pieces:
•Sorcerer's Gate, by Bruce White. The striking, brightly colored arch will be located between Garden and Fort Harrison avenues.
•Shanti, by Claudia Jane Klein. An abstract sculpture meant to emulate human movement, it will be placed between Osceola and Fort Harrison avenues.
•In Harmony — Earth, Water, Wind, Fire, by Hanna Jubran. Each section of this sculpture combines stainless steel and bronze cast elements. It will be located between East and Garden avenues.
These sculptures will be on display until July 2009, when they will be replaced by a new trio of artworks.
Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne said he's not sure what the public's reaction will be.
"Some people will embrace the abstract art, the quality and the aesthetics and some who don't like it will respond with: 'What is it?' " Horne said. "Either you have an appreciation or you don't."