The City of Tampa’s Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs plays a key role in telling the story of our city; it also humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. Artwork commissioned through any of the programs under the division may provide an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.
Mayor Castor and Chief Barbara Tripp recently dedicated “Tampa's LIGHT," a new mural commissioned by the City of Tampa, Arts & Cultural Affairs Division, showcasing a visual timeline of Tampa Fire Rescue's rich 128-year history. The mural is a captivating visual, that welcomes all visitors as they enter the headquarters of Tampa's premier fire department.
The City of Tampa commissioned Frankie Gonzalez, a Tampa artist, to create a site-specific mural that pays tribute to the history and services provided by Tampa Fire Rescue. His mural invites visitors and employees at Tampa Fire Rescue to take a moment to honor and celebrate the individuals who dedicate themselves to the department's core values, which are integrity, honesty, loyalty, and trust.
The artist's use of vibrant colors and juxtaposition of imagery tells a cohesive story of the Department's evolution and impact on the community. The mural location is in the lobby and 3rd floor of Tampa Fire Rescue Headquarters: 808 E. Zack St., Tampa 33602.
Perry Harvey, Sr. Park
The art installations at Perry Harvey, Sr. Park in East downtown work together in an attempt to tell the story of the abundant contributions of the African American community and Historic Central Avenue. This artwork was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Julian B Lane Park
One of Tampa’s premier downtown parks, Julian B. Lane Riverfront park features Public Art that is engaging, thoughtful and recognizes the foundations of the past, folklore and history of West Tampa. Winner of the American Architecture Award, artists worked alongside planners on placement and content of their artwork.
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Story of Tampa Mural
Artist Lynn Ash to create a large painting that would weave together many of the notable aspects of Tampa's unique character and identity.