St. Petersburg, FL. (January 26, 2016) — Attention University of South Florida (USF) student artists: The Salvador wants your best surrealistic sculpture design. The Salvador, a new condominium tower currently under construction in the heart of the Arts and Innovation District of Downtown St. Petersburg is looking for student artists to compete for a chance to have a permanent sculpture displayed in the new lobby.
Located in the heart of the Arts and Innovation District of Downtown St. Pete and next door to the USF St. Petersburg Campus, The Salvador is dedicated to supporting the dynamic local culture that defines this area. The condominium tower is inspired by the art of Salvador Dali and features an artful, modern design throughout the lobby and units. It is calling for student artists from USF to create surrealistic sculptures that can be transformed into 3-D printed sculptures to reflect the artful spirit of the building and surrounding community. Workshops will be held at the USF Tampa Campus to provide opportunities for sculpture artists and digital artists to collaborate. Five winning sculptures will be displayed in The Salvador lobby with cash prizes for the top design and two runner-ups. “The Salvador 3D printing contests enables students to combine their skills with advanced technology to bring their digital artwork to real-world physical expressions as they create amazing sculptures,” said Howard Kaplan, Department Head of USF’s Advanced Visualization Center.
The curators for The Salvador art display are Hank Hine; Curator and Executive Director of the Dali Museum, Yann Weymouth; Architect of the Dali Museum, and Sarah Howard; Curator of Public Art and Social Practice.
DDA Development, The Salvador’s development company, has teamed up with USF, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA), and the Salvador Dali Museum to create a distinctive design and character that matches the spirit of the local community. MESH Architects, the firm that designed The Salvador, looked to Dali’s master art to inspire their design of the building. “It is important that the building has life and energy, which there is a delight in it. When designing The Salvador, we were inspired by the imagery in Dali’s paintings and strove to bring that to the personality of the building” says Tim Clemmons, from MESH Architects.
The design competition is an innovative collaboration between The Salvador’s development company, local area businesses, and the educational community. The Salvador supports and is a part of the growing innovation and arts community that is defining the area. “This contest goes along with our core philosophy of supporting local artists and businesses. The Salvador’s team members – from concept to creation and construction – all have roots in the Tampa Bay region, which lends itself to the green, locally sourced, and sustainable structure we are creating. Getting to know the local student artists and seeing their innovative ideas supports the artful, innovation that we feel The Salvador will be bringing to the community” says Bowen Arnold of DDA Development.
Entries for the contest must be submitted by February 5, 2016, and winners will be announced on February 10, 2016. For information on the contest, including guidelines and instructions on design submissions, visit http://thesalvador.com/2015/12/10/call-for-artists/
About The Salvador:
The Salvador is the first upscale, green-certified condominium tower in downtown St. Petersburg and offers a fashionable, active, urban luxury lifestyle close to everything that matters. The Salvador’s 74 residences feature artful and innovative living inspired by the work of Salvador Dali. Home sizes range from 964 – 2,794 square feet and feature modern finishes and state-of-the-art appliances. The Dali’s amenities include a two-story lobby with concierge station, a fitness center/yoga room, meeting and club rooms, a heated saltwater pool, and spa. For more information on The Salvador, including sales information, visit www.thesalvador.com.
About DDA Development:
DDA Development is a full-service development company with capabilities in investment, finance, asset management and construction. Based in Tampa, the firm focuses its efforts on developing residential buildings, primarily within the metropolitan Tampa Bay region.
About USF Advanced Visualization Center:
The center supports the advancement of technology in education with an Ultra High-Resolution Visualization Wall, with remote access to USF’s High-Performance Computing Cluster, and the Advanced Visualization Student Lab. They explore innovative practices in 3D Printing, Visual Graphics, Animation, Virtual Reality, Data Analysis and Interactive Applications. For more information on the Advanced Visualization Center, visit http://avc.web.usf.edu/
About Smith & Associates:
Smith & Associates Real Estate remains a top brokerage in Tampa Bay with its roots firmly planted in the local community. With its four strategically located offices in the Tampa Bay area, the company is the #1 luxury brokerage of $1M+ residences and sells a home every other day with an average transaction price of $1,663,551*. (*As of June 30, 2015) For more information on Smith & Associates Real Estate, visit http://www.smithandassociates.com/.
Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts is a nonprofit organization that unites Tampa Bay area businesses to champion arts education and culture for a prosperous community through innovative partnerships and sustainable programs. With a philosophy that businesses are good for the arts and that the arts are good for businesses, TBBCA aims to motivate and recognize the business community’s participation in the arts through strategic partnerships, leadership development, in-kind professional services, and volunteerism. For more information about TBBCA, please, visit https://www.tbbca.org/.
Sally Dee, Playbook Public Relations