Lake Eola sculpture installation underway

Lake Eola sculpture installation underway

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A large sculpture is being assembled at Lake Eola Park in Orlando.  The piece by Douwe Blumberg is one of eight commissioned by See Art Orlando, a non-profit corporation that secured private money to install the works downtown.

"Sculpture is so dependent on its surroundings," said Blumberg.  "It's like a great picture frame.  I mean a great picture needs a great picture frame. This is as good of a picture frame as you can imagine."

When this sculpture is done, it will look like birds are flying into, and then back out of the lake.

"The image of the bird is somehow a universal image. It connotes freedom. It connotes energy, and hopefully forward thinking," said Blumberg.  "To people of all cultures, ages, tonicities, every culture uses the bird to symbolize those things."

For this process, the city dammed off and drained a portion of Lake Eola.

The sculptures are hidden away but will be unveiled incrementally around the city between now and November.

"To place eight sculptures at one time is unprecedented. It's a massive undertaking," Blumberg said.


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