Public art creates inspiration and a positive reflection of a community. Monumental works of art can transform ordinary locations into destinations for both visitors and residents. Fort Pierce is home to a prolific arts community and remarkable public art. Here are some prominent works to look for while exploring the Sunrise City.
Leap of Faith by Pat Cochran (photo courtesy of Pat Cochran) In 2009, after entering a competition for a work of art for the new downtown Ft. Pierce parking garage artist Pat Cochran was awarded the commission. His original moquette (small mock-up) version of the piece was created as an ode to his desire to slow down, dive in, and smell the roses. But as the enlarged piece evolved it came to represent Fort Pierce, a city that has seen its share of history yet looking into a prophetic rosy future. The 25-foot tall “Leap of Faith” took four months to complete and consists of 3,000 pounds of bronze. Where to see it: City Hall, Downtown Fort Pierce 100 US-1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 Learn more about the artist at www.patcochran.com
Florida Highwaymen Obelisk by Stephanie Jaffe (photo courtesy of Jon Biondo) The Obelisk is an entry feature to the Florida Heritage Trail honoring The Florida Highwaymen. The 19-foot high sculpture interprets selected sections of paintings done by the Highwaymen and their contribution to the visual arts and African American cultural Heritage. The imagery for the bottom portion of the obelisk is done in hand-carved ceramic tile in the style of woodcuts. Each of the sides of the sculpture features different Highwaymen scenes including the car from which they sold their paintings. Where to see it: Downtown Fort Pierce at the Ave D & 15th St Roundabout Learn more about the artist at www.stephaniejaffeart.com
Painted Mosaic Benches by Anita Prentice (photo courtesy of Anita Prentice) Local award-winning artist Anita Prentice says that "Like Diego, Pablo and Salvador, I fully intend to paint the town" and you won’t have to go far to see that she has been very busy doing exactly that. Anita has created numerous public monumental works but is best known for her more than 100 legendary painted mosaic benches around the Treasure Coast. Each bench is a unique creation featuring brilliant colors and designs that reflect local culture. Anita prepares her glass like a pallet, using each piece of carefully crafted stained glass like a drop of paint, giving the viewer the impression that Anita truly is creating the antiquities of tomorrow. Where to see it: South Hutchinson Island Jetty Park, 2098 Seaway Dr in Fort Pierce
Learn more about the artist at www.anitaprenticeart.com