Local Poet’s Words to Be Put in Lights during Lights on Tampa 2015

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Local Poet’s Words to Be Put in Lights during Lights on Tampa 2015

Panel of jurors selects phrase to be featured in UpLit

Tampa, Fla. (February 6, 2015) – A panel of jurors have selected the words of a local poet Silvia Curbelo to be put up in lights, as part of the UpLit installation during Lights on Tampa 2015.

Curbelo’s phrase, ‘Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open?’ will be featured in UpLit, a temporary, vintage rooftop-style installation which will be located in the northwest corner of Kiley Gardens during the Lights on Tampa event, which runs February 20-21, 2015.

“I had been thinking about the concept of happiness – how hard we chase it; how tirelessly we work for it; how it’s always ahead; or, something to look forward to down the road. But, that road is long. It’s hard to be content and at peace when we’re always in motion. By the time we come to understand and appreciate a place or an experience, it’s already behind us,” said Silvia Curbelo.

In October 2014, the public was asked to submit an original phrase to be considered by the jury. The jury was comprised of Tim Dorsey, a nationally recognized, Tampa-based author who well known publications include Florida Roadkill, Orange Cursh and Triggerfish Twist; Norman B, writer of Life Elsewhere and nationally syndicated culture radio host; and, Kerry O’Reilly of the Tampa Bay Times.  The UpLit installation looks to make a profound statement in a public space in the city, giving one an opportunity to pause, reflect, and maybe, think about or discuss how we live now and what that means. Out of over 200 entries, the jury selected Curbelo’s phrase.

Curbelo was born in Mantanzas, Cuba, but moved with her family to the United States as a young child. Her latest poetry collection, Falling Landscape, is forthcoming early next year. She previously published two poetry collections, The Secret History of Water and Ambush. She lives in Tampa.

To view a rendering of Curbelo’s phrase, please visit tampagov.net.

About Lights on Tampa

The Lights On Tampa program was developed by the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division, in conjunction with regional businesses, volunteers, and art supporters. It was an ambitious project that sought to reaffirm Tampa’s commitment to arts and technology by presenting highly visible, innovative light installations created by juried artists. It began in January 2006, and has had successful light-based installations and festivals in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, and now, 2015. The Program has been nationally recognized as one of the fifty most influential public art programs in the last fifty years by Americans for the Arts.  To find out more about the program, please visit lightsontampa.org.