Here’s the squeeze currently happening on Lemon Street: new sculptures.
As part of the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, 10 new pieces of art — from a blue mermaid-esque number called “Einfühlung” to an air-guitar-looking overlord called “Rocker” — have started to line the streets of Downtown Lakeland. The Lemon Street Sculpture project is a part of the Parks & Recreation budget.
For a little debrief, here’s how the art is picked + funded:
First, artists interested in showcasing their art submit their best pieces. Then, a jury gathers to review the pieces and selects the top 10 to be displayed along Lemon Street.
Each artist chosen receives a $1,500 honorarium, which they use for transportation + installation costs. Sometimes, with the bigger pieces, even a crane is made available through Lakeland Electric. Once installed, the art will be voted on by locals, awarding one piece, the “People’s Choice” which will give the winner an additional $1,500.
If you’re feeling up to it, you can wander the three blocks between S. Florida + Massachusetts Ave. and get a visual tour of the FLOSC exhibit.
Presently, all sculptures have been installed. Details regarding how to vote will follow.