Mayor Buckhorn to Dedicate New Sculpture in Westshore
Mayor Buckhorn will dedicate Kinetic Ring, a new sculpture in Westshore on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. The sculpture is located just southwest of Westshore Plaza, at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Memorial Highway.
"The corner occupied by Kinetic Ring is a highly-traveled gateway for visitors traveling from the airport and area residents driving into Tampa. The Westshore Alliance and the Westshore Residential Neighborhood Improvement Committee both understand how important it is that we utilize these gateways and make them appealing for visitors and potential businesses," Tampa said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "This is a great example of how public-private partnerships make our community a better place."
The City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division partnered with the Westshore Alliance and the Westshore Residential Neighborhood Improvement Committee to commission a gateway that welcomes motorists arriving to Tampa from western Hillsborough County, Tampa International Airport, and Pinellas County.
"As Westshore transitions from a business district to a dynamic regional activity center, public art enhances the identity of the area as a modern, creative, thriving neighborhood in the City. We look forward to partnering with the City on future public art ventures," said Ron Rotella, Executive Director of the Westshore Alliance.
Local artist Catherine Woods designed Kinetic Ring to reflect the flavor of Westshore: colorful, lively and active. Westshore's "on-the-move" vibe was captured in the sculpture through the dynamic 'pinwheel' framework which holds four c-shaped panels of laminated and tempered glass. The glass panels are painted and etched with images taken from the area. The shape of the glass suggests a kinetic appearance, and is designed for a drive-by experience.
The gateway, titled, Kinetic Ring, sits 24' tall, and cost $95,311, with $44,000 coming from the private sector. The project sits adjacent to the Hillsborough County memorial for veterans who died in World War I.
Catherine Woods is a sculptor working with architectural glass and metal. Her large-scale public art works have been featured in 'Sculpture Review' and 'Public Art Review' magazines. Her large-scale sculptures can be seen in St. Petersburg, FL, Reno, NV, and Kansas City, KS.