Morning Glory flowers are symbols of love, life, happiness, and good luck. This bench showcases the beauty of nature while sending messages thru the whisper horns and pipes to viewers sitting on the bench."
The 23rd Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition is on display on the Lemon Street Promenade and Lakeland Public Library now through the end of 2023. In the fall of 2022, artists submitted applications through an online application process for consideration in the 2023 show. A jury comprised of City staff, Polk Museum of Art representatives, and members from the local arts community gathered to review the pieces of art. Artists submitted more than 70 sculptures for review, with the jury picking 12 of the best to display.
For the second year, the footprint of the exhibit space has expanded to include one sculpture at the Lakeland Public Library on Lake Morton. The remaining ten sculptures cover three blocks of Lemon Street between South Florida and Massachusetts Avenue. The artwork along the Lemon Street Promenade and Library provides a great aesthetic that can be enjoyed on a weekend stroll or as a diversion while visiting the swans on Lake Morton. This year, art aficionados and downtown visitors alike can enjoy a rest on "Morning Glory Pink Flower Whisper Bench" or debate the meaning of "Red Bear."
Pam Page, Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts said, “The sculptures on Lemon Street were introduced to provide free access to public art for all who live and visit our community. We are fortunate to live in a City that recognizes the value of public art that introduces culture and well-being.”
Thanks to all who voted and congrats to this year's winner:
Morning Glory Pink Flower Whisper Bench from sculptor Jim Gallucci.
Voting ended May 31 at 4 PM EST
Covering three (3) blocks of Lemon Street between South Florida Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, a visit to the FLOSC sculptures on the Lemon Street Promenade is perfect for a quick weekend outing or during a lunch break.
Added in 2022, additional sculptures can be found at the Lakeland Public Library. The library's location, just south of Lakeland's downtown core, can be a leisurely walk or short drive from the Lemon Street pieces.
Which sculpture is YOUR favorite?
Developed by the City of Lakeland's GIS Team, this GPS-enabled map will allow you to walk through the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition either virtually or in-person!
Powered by the Otocast app, you can download and install the app to find the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition tour with voice recordings from the artists talking about each sculpture.