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Take a walk of art at the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Browse 11 sculptures by artists from around the US and stay tuned to see which one will win the People’s Choice Award in this year’s sculpture competition.

A collage of photos of three sculptures: A stick figure walking a dog, a large red horse, and a floating head surrounded by tangles of metal hair.

“Live Large,” “Show Horses,” and “Einfühlung Loss” are all made of metal.

Photos by LALtoday

If you’ve taken a stroll down Lemon Street, you might have noticed new sculptures dotting the promenade. The art kicks off the start of the 24th Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Artists submitted over 60 sculpture designs to a local jury made up of staff from the city, Polk Museum of Art, and other art community members, who narrowed down the crop to the top 11. Applications opened in the fall of 2023 and the competition once again includes a piece on display at the Lakeland Public Library.

A collage of three sculptures: A metal horse rearing up, a large black metal flower, a spider, and a geometric design.

Themes vary from nature to the abstract, as seen in “The Wild One,” “Vuida,” “Maman Quest,” and “Perspective Portals.”

Photos by LALtoday

The remaining 10 dot three blocks along Lemon Street, between South Florida Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, through the end of the year. It’s completely free to walk the promenade and take a closer look at each sculpture.

A collage of four sculptures: One made of blue and red shapes, an abstract steel sculpture, one with seats around a chapel shape, and a cubism-style tree.

It’s free to browse these art pieces — including “Angular Separation,” “Eve,” “Nave,” and “Urban Forest” — through the rest of the year.

Photos by LALtoday

The 11 sculptures include:

  • “Live LARGE” by D. Keith Williams of Lakeland, FL
  • “Show Horses” and “Nave” by James Futral, of Fort Myers, FL
  • “Einfühlung Loss” and “The Wild One” by Jessica Bradsher, of Greenville, NC
  • “Vuida” by Joni Younkins-Herzog of Athens, GA
  • “Maman Quest” by Adam Walls of Tryon, NC
  • “Perspective Portals” by Matt Moyer of Columbia, MO
  • “Angular Separation” by Hanna Jubran of Grimesland, NC
  • “Eve” by Claudia Jane Klein of Lake Worth Beach, FL
  • “Urban Forest” by Richard Herzog of Athens, GA
A large metal sculpture of a stick figure with a hat and walking stick walking a metal dog on a leash.

Take a walk to see this dog walker.

Photo by LALtoday

Congratulations to Lakeland artist D. Keith Williams, the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award. Williams’ sculpture “Live LARGE,” featuring a metal figure walking a dog, can be found at the corner of Lemon Street + South Florida Avenue.

Learn more about the artists, their sculptures, and the design behind them.

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