Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Safety Harbor chooses cubism-style art for Rigsby Recreation Center mural

Joe Oliva-Ganoza’s piece features people engaging in leisure activities, a great white heron, a Spanish ship and even a Tocobaga Indians-era arrowhead.

Special to the Times

Joe Oliva-Ganoza’s piece features people engaging in leisure activities, a great white heron, a Spanish ship and even a Tocobaga Indians-era arrowhead.

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."

Safety Harbor chooses cubism-style art for Rigsby Recreation Center mural 11/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Why are so few Tampa Bay houses for sale? They're being rented

    Real Estate

    Oreste Mesa Jr. owns a modest 40-year-old house in West Tampa just off MacDill Avenue. It's an area where many homeowners are hearing the siren song of builders and cashing out while the market is strong.

    Attorney David Eaton poses in front of his rental home at 899 72nd Ave. North. in St. Petersburg. He's among a growing number of property owners who see more value in renting out unused homes than selling them. 
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  2. In a word, Hernando school leaders say, first day was 'smooth'

    K12

    Over and over on Monday, school district leaders used the same word to describe the unfolding of the first day of school in Hernando County.

    "Smooth."

    Third-graders Teagan Ferguson, left, and Brianna DeLaine deliver attendance figures to the office at J.D. Floyd Elementary School on Monday. Superintendent Lori Romano and other district administrators toured a handful of schools and classrooms throughout the day,
  3. Looking Back: Diana, America's Favorite Princess

    Celebrities

    The Washington Post, in her obituary, called her "the most photographed woman in the world." She was loved in England for saying, after her divorce from Prince Charles, "I'd like to be a queen of people's hearts." Americans loved her for her work with charitable causes supporting victims of AIDS and landmines. Aug. 31 …

    Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day.

(AP Photo)
  4. Rays morning after: 5 mistakes that led to loss to Blue Jays

    Blogs

    We've already documented elsewhere what the Rays didn't do, how they failed to take advantage of a prime opportunity to win Wednesday's game, getting just one run after loading the bases in the seventh with one out and three of …

    Jake Faria make too many mistakes, the failure to execute costing him repeatedly.
  5. Unborn baby dies, two critically injured in Largo crash

    Accidents

    LARGO — Two people were critically injured and an unborn baby was killed in a crash that shut down an intersection on Ulmerton Road late Wednesday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said.