City of Tampa to Host Preview of Perry Harvey Sr. Park Artwork

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For Immediate Release     

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Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director
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Tampa, Fla. (March 17, 2016) – On Friday, March 18th at 2:00 p.m. the City of Tampa will host a preview of the artwork in the soon to be open Perry Harvey Sr. Park.  This artwork helps tell a story of the rich African American history in Tampa.

WHO: Manager of Public Arts, Robin Nigh

WHAT: Preview of art in Perry Harvey St. Park

WHERE: Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 900 E Scott St, Tampa, FL 33602

WHEN: Friday, March 18th at 2:00 p.m.

*To RSVP please email

The artwork at Perry Harvey Park is unique and contextual. Four major artworks by four artists work together in an attempt to tell the full and complex story of the abundant contributions of the African American community and Historic Central Avenue.

Gateway Figures by James Simon

Providing a welcoming entryway into Perry Harvey Sr., Park, James Simon’s 16’ high sculptures of musicians with their dog help highlight the importance of music to the history and culture of the historic Central Avenue Business District. Nearby, jukebox dancers dance the twist, a dance with special meaning to Tampa.

 A History Walk in LIFETILES by Rufus Butler Seder

Eight optical glass LIFETILE murals depict the rich culture and history of the Central Avenue area. Each panel is themed and consists of a series of images that are layered upon each other, giving the appearance that they move or change as park visitors pass by.

Leaders’ Row by Michael Parker

This artwork addresses the notion of what is a leader, a motivator and an activist; and how can one impact a community? Supported by earth walls, this engaging artwork of mixed media takes one down Central Avenue and highlights a few prominent individuals. ***Note, the artwork is still under construction

Perry Harvey Sr. (statue) by Joel Randell

An over life size sculpture of Perry Harvey Sr. is located in the center of the park.


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