Collaborative public art program enhances heavily trafficked Franklin Street corridor
Tampa, Florida (May 27, 2014) – City of Tampa, Tampa Downtown Partnership and Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will host a Dedication Ceremony for “Frames on Franklin,” to present the new public art project made possible by the collaboration of these three entities.
“Frames on Franklin” Dedication Ceremony
Thursday, May 29, 3:00 pm
124 S. Franklin Street (in front of CAMLS) – across the street from the project
Christine Burdick, Tampa Downtown Partnership – MC and Remarks
Joe Waggoner, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority – Remarks
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa – Remarks
Background: South Franklin Street is a corridor with high pedestrian traffic from visitors walking between downtown hotels and the Tampa Convention Center. A portion of that walk has included passing the large, blank concrete wall at the Selmon Expressway on ramp. Tampa Downtown Partnership identified this as an opportunity to enhance this public area. Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) and City of Tampa Art Programs Division quickly jumped at the chance to work on this project. All three entities agreed to fund the project and worked on the concept and implementation. The result of this collaboration is “Frames on Franklin,” a series of framed artwork displayed across the ramp wall.
“Frames on Franklin” is a continuation of the Downtown Partnership Beautification Program, which will be installing images from the same series of artwork onto traffic signal boxes throughout Downtown Tampa. This project is in partnership with the City’s Art Programs Division and Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, whose committed to enhancing the ambience of its infrastructure. Aramark, the Tampa Convention Center concession contractor also donated funds to help support the project. And other beautification efforts along Franklin Street are also in the works, including TECO replacement of the streetlight poles.
About the Artist – Tampa native Tim Boatright is a professional marketing creative and commercial artist for over 30 years. Tim has created many private and public art installations, including works in the Tampa area. Recent art projects include those at Trinity Cafe and Christ the King Catholic Church. For more information:www.TimBoatright.com.
About the Tampa Downtown Partnership
The Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, the TDP administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the TDP serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, planning and beautification. For more information, visit www.tampasdowntown.com.