Sculpture 360: Season IX
The Sculpture 360 program enters its ninth season along the Cleveland Street District in the heart of downtown Clearwater. Season IX will run from January 2019 - June 2020 and can be viewed in person in the 400-600 blocks of Cleveland Street.
"In a Musical Atmosphere"
400 Block in Downtown
Adi [iDEA] BenDov is an artist who is relatively new to the area. He moved to here to the States from Israel about three years ago, with his musically talented wife and daughter. Adi is constantly being inspired by his family, and loves creating large sculptures in a variety of materials such as metal, clay, wood, glass and concrete. His goal is to reawaken human’s hope and sense of pride.
His sculpture "In a Musical Atmosphere" is made of hard aluminum and four types of glass.
The metal represents stability, security and calmness characterize by the city of Clearwater - enabling growth in the spheres of family, education, spirit, art and business. The glass represents its transparency and brotherhood, beautiful clean beaches and spectacular sunsets. The flowing musical notes in motion throughout the sculpture - act for the affinity, respect and space the City grant for Art and Music.
The sculpture was specially created for Clearwater, and includes additional elements that are unique to the City. It is dedicated, with love to the city's residents and its guests.
Donald Gialanella, originally from Maplewood, NJ, now works out of his studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. Donald apprenticed with sculptor Louise Bourgeois after earning a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York City. He worked as a graphics producer at ABC-TV in New York in the 1980’s and received an Emmy for his work on Monday Night Football in 1990. The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg commissioned Donald to create Salvador Dali’s mustache in the form of a 17 foot long steel sculpture for the permanent collection in 2016. He is known for creating larger-than-life sculptures in public and private collections across the United States.
From the Artists --“My fascination with the human face can be seen in this monumental stainless steel head named after the ancestral source of all life: the primal Mother Earth goddess, Gaia. To me, each human face seems to contain - and sometimes magically reveal - the mystery of another human being. Capturing this enigma became my objective and passion in the creation of Gaia. She is an idealized portrait intended to portray a personification of human beauty and wisdom. If you see Gaia on a clear day, the mirror polished iris’ reflect the sky and appear blue. An unexpected and magical effect I didn’t anticipate. Interactivity is also a feature of this piece - through an entryway in the back of her head, you can walk into the interior of the sculpture to experience being inside her "mind" where you can see things from a whole new point of view.”
“Imperfections of the Heart”
Tampa’s Metal Artist Dominique Martinez is a self-taught artist and owner/founder of Rustic Steel Creations, located in the heart of the Heights. Martinez left his corporate job to pursue his passion in the arts. Imagination can lead you to a path far and beyond the norm with execution. Execution from your imagination is doing what you LOVE. Utilizing a plasma or laser cutter on all metals as his paint brush, Martinez creative designs have become a staple within the Tampa community and abroad. Martinez views the world as an empty canvas, ready for a change or an addition. With the force and determination to birth new and timeless designs that push creativity’s envelope with hopes to inspire all!
The Heart. Everyone has one, but no one walking this planet has the perfect Heart. Thus “Imperfections of the Heart” was created. As a representation for us all, no matter our differences, we all have experienced betrayal, happiness, pain, love, sorrow, disloyalty, and most importantly from personal success. We’ve all inspired the creation of “Imperfections of the Heart.” We can all see ourselves in this piece. Everyone has one, but no one walking this planet has the perfect Heart.