Photo courtesy of Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation
A water foundation sculpture graces a small pond in Florida Botanical Gardens. The sculpture will be dedicated at the Diggin’ the Arts Sunday, May 4.
LARGO - A long-awaited water fountain sculpture will be formally dedicated at Florida Botanical Gardens during the annual Diggin’ the Arts on Sunday, May 4.
At that time, the piece will remain nameless, but it will not be “untitled.” A contest is being held to name the sculpture, with the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation offering prizes of a one-night stay at the DoubleTree Beach Resort in North Redington Beach and a one-year Garden Family membership to the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation to the person whose title is chosen.
Suggestions must be submitted by Friday, May 9. Recommended names should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must include the proposed title of the piece and the full name, phone number and e-mail address of the entrant.
The sculpture was borne of a love for the gardens and a vision of elevating the gardens’ experience with artwork. Former Foundation president Chuck Scaffidi conceived the idea of featuring a stunning piece of art in the small pond outside of the Wedding Garden.
More than two years ago, he started working with the Foundation’s Art-in-the-Garden committee chair Melinda Vargas and board member Erhan Ozey. He and Vargas went on a quest to find the appropriate artist and design and a call-to-artists resulted in the appointment of local artists Owen Pach and Jonathan Schork.
The artists will be present as the sculpture is dedicated to Scaffidi at the Foundation’s Diggin’ the Arts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Florida Botanical Gardens and is free to the public. This event brings a wide variety of museums and cultural organizations to the gardens for a fun day of art projects, Plein air competition and an instrument petting zoo.
The Florida Botanical Gardens is located at 12520 Ulmerton Road in Largo, with an alternate entrance at 12211 Walsingham Road. The gardens remain open from 7 a.m. until dusk every day, with free admission during daylight hours. For more information, visit www.flbg.org or call 582-2100. The Botanical Bounty gift store, located in the Parks and Conservation Resources building, is volunteer staffed. Hours are generally Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.