Three Artists Chosen for Public Art at the New Pier
The art will be funded through the city’s Percentage for Art ordinance. A total of $480,000 is available for these commissions.
ST. PETERSBURG – Three artists were selected today (April 24) to create public art at the new St. Pete Pier.
The decision came during a meeting of the Pier Public Art Committee. The committee has been meeting over the past two years and reviewed work from more than 70 artists from the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. That field was narrowed, and the commissioned artists were chosen from a group of six finalists.
Nick Ervinck – Belgium: The artwork is to be determined. it will be at the Pier Head. Fostering a cross-pollination between the digital and the physical, Ervinck explores the boundaries between
various media, including sculpture, 3D prints installation, architecture and design.
Nathan Mabry – Los Angeles: a coated steel, origami-inspired pelican to be installed in the Entry Plaza area. He is known for sculptures in bright primary colors that often reference modern sculpture of the 20th Century as well as diverse cultures and birds significant to the local site.
Xenobia Bailey, New York City: a tile mosaic on the Spa Beach Pavilion. Bailey translates the vibrant patterns and colors derived from her fiber art into mosaics for public projects.
St. Petersburg began a process in 2016 to select artists for public art within the Pier District. Art will be funded through the city’s Percentage for Art ordinance. A total of $480,000 is available for these commissions.
It is anticipated that these installations will be timed to coincide with the opening of the new St. Pete Pier District in Fall 2019.
The installation of this artwork is separate from a prospective floating sculpture by Janet Echelman. A decision on whether that project will move forward will be made in the next few weeks.
“We are delighted with the quality of the proposals presented to us and are pleased to have selected art from such a diverse group of artists, materials and approaches,” committee chair Laura Bryant said.
For information about the St. Pete Pier, go to newstpetepier.com.
Photo shows Xenobia Bailey, left, and Nick Ervinck.
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