(Sarasota, FL) Tom Savage, president of the Sarasota Public Art Fund, announced yesterday at a “Capping Off Party” hosted by Season of Sculpture, that the organization had reached its goal of $550,000 to purchase “Complexus,” a monumental work by the Tennessee-based sculptor John Henry. The 70-foot tall, bold and bright red steel sculpture, located at the corner of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue in downtown Sarasota, was the star of the show at the 2011-2012 Season of Sculpture’s outdoor sculpture exhibition.
According to Savage, the funds were raised over the period of less than a year.
“Public art helps define a community,” says Savage. “Art in public view plays a vital role in a city’s appeal, quality of life and economic viability. That’s why so many of us were extremely motivated to keep ‘Complexus’ in Sarasota. This signature work by the renowned sculptor, John Henry, has become a spectacular part of our cityscape and adds an important element to Sarasota’s rich cultural tapestry.”
At the event at Home Resource, Susan McLeod, president of Season of Sculpture, thanked the community for its strong support of this campaign. “We think this overwhelming show of support reflects the enthusiasm area residents have for this significant work of art—and for the idea of public art in general. We’re thrilled, encouraged—and absolutely inspired to begin our next exhibition!”
Established in 2007, the Public Art Fund is a non-profit organization that raises funds to purchase art by established and emerging artists for public and private placement. According to Savage, the original price tag for “Complexus” was $850,000 but Henry agreed to a significant price reduction in light of the nature of the acquisition. The sculpture will be gifted to the city of Sarasota as a permanent part of its art collection at a public ceremony in January 2013.
About Sarasota Public Art Fund
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County serves as the fiduciary agent for the Sarasota Public Art Fund, providing the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt certification. Donors receive a letter of recognition for tax purposes. For more information, contact Tom Savage at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Season of Sculpture
Sarasota Season of Sculpture (SoS), founded in 1998, is a 501c3 arts organization, that presents world-class biennial sculpture exhibitions on Sarasota’s bayfront. SoS focuses its exhibitions on the monumental work of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, and periodically includes the work of renowned local artists. This free biennial exhibition on Sarasota’s bayfront is unique among the many stars that make up Sarasota’s cultural crown. A drive down Sarasota’s Gulfstream Avenue during an exhibition season can be the first impression visitors and tourists receive about the dynamic cultural core of our community. For more information, visit www.sarasotaseasonofsculpture.org.