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Celebration of new art display in Ruskin
Celebration of new art display in Ruskin

Ruskin, Florida - The public is invited to the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. to celebrate and enjoy newly-installed public art in the library's outdoor plaza.

Organizers say the public art, Sandpiper Pavilions by Koryn Rolstad, defines activity space in the James J. Harkins IV Plaza.

Sandpiper Pavilions features two shade pavilions facing each other across open space, ornamented with water drop patterns sandblasted into the ground paving.

Laser-cut openings in the pavilions' ceilings cast patterns of layered palm leaves onto the water drop patterns below. At night, LED lights accent the pavilions.

The columns supporting the pavilions give a nod to the legs of the sandpiper birds of the nearby shore. This work of art's references to palms, water and sandpipers give a visual reference to the plaza that fits the surrounding environment and architecture.

The contract amount for this public art was $75,000.

Koryn Rolstad's background in engineering, architecture and fine arts leads her to create works of art that emphasize environmental forms while exploring materials, technology and imagery.

Her goal in creating works of public art is often to further identify public spaces as safe and welcoming destinations with iconic appeal.

The Hillsborough County Public Art Program was established in 1988 to provide art as a basic service to all citizens, acknowledging that enhancing the appearance of buildings and spaces provides benefits to the community by expanding the historical, cultural and creative knowledge of citizens.

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