SAFETY HARBOR — A colorful new mural will wrap around the exterior corner of the Rigsby Recreation Center at Seventh Avenue N and Second Street N.
The cubism-style piece features people engaging in a variety of leisure activities as well as a great white heron, a Spanish ship in the harbor and even an arrowhead harkening back to the days when the mound-building Tocobaga Indians inhabited the area.
"It encompasses everything," said City Commissioner Mary Lynda Williams. "This one says it all, to me."
Early this summer, a call was put out to artists in the Tampa Bay area requesting submissions for a mural that would promote the city's message, "It starts in the parks."
After reviewing seven sketches at Monday night's City Commission meeting, commissioners gave the nod to the submission by illustrator Joe Oliva-Ganoza of Formulated Lines, a graphic design company in Palm Harbor. That piece also was the favorite of the city's public art committee.
Collectively, commissioners and staffers said they felt it was vibrant, eye-catching and best reflected the city's recreational themes of fun, good health, heritage and sense of community.
The cost of the mural is $5,000 with the money coming from Community Redevelopment Agency funds. It will be 7 feet, 4 inches high and 17 feet, 8 inches wide when finished.
Oliva-Ganoza, a graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, said the rhythmic collage of bright colors and stylized images is his first public art piece.
"I like creating a different reality," said the 37-year-old Palm Harbor resident.
The project time line has yet to be determined, but Oliva-Ganoza is eager to get started.
"I'm very excited," he said. "I can't wait to drive by and show it to all my friends."