The city of Sarasota has a long history of supporting and displaying public art. The city’s web site even has a special page devoted to the subject. Well-known examples in the area include the “Unconditional Surrender” statue on the Sarasota Bayfront (off Rt. 41), the “Children’s Fountain” in Bay Front Park, and the many statues lining St. Armand’s circle. Many other examples can be found here.
Inspired by a nurturing environment, local artists have created a wide variety of unique outdoor murals that dot the cityscape. The goal of this particular post is to catalog and celebrate these murals through photographs. This is important to do, since this type of art is not permanent: buildings get torn down or renovated, public art is subject to vandalism, and the inevitable weathering due to storms and humidity will take its toll.
In the next few months, there will be two additional, high-profile murals in the downtown area, both on the BOLD Lofts building under construction on Second Street:
– Michelangelo’s “David” on the southeast corner, and
– “Victory”, on the north side of the building
(See the photos below, taken from the YourObserver.com article dated May 14, 2018.)
I therefore consider this a “living” post. There will always more murals to discover and document. (As a newcomer to Sarasota, I am in fact “discovering” murals all the time.)
This is a particularly fertile part of town for outdoor art. I recently went on a photo shoot in Burns Court (and the adjacent Laurel Park) as part of a photography course, and was gratified to see a wide variety of public works of art. The outdoor murals here are terrific, and I’ve included some of them below.
The first example can be found on the southeast face of the “Bohemian Bliss Boutique” building at the intersection of South Pineapple and Selby Lane. My first thought on shooting this mural was “Who’s photographing whom?”
The next mural is close by. If you stand facing the “Camera” mural shown above and then turn 90 degrees to the left, you will be facing approximately west. In this direction, you will spot another, much larger mural on the side of a residential building near the intersection of Selby Lane and Burns Court:
My guess is that it shows an actual city scene from around the 1940s or so. I can only assume that the mural was painted from a historical photograph. It is very detailed in terms of the style of the cars and the specific buildings lining the street. I am in the process of trying to identify just when and where this scene was captured.