Michael Maguire

Honor Sculpture

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“Honor” Sculpture Celebrates

Veterans, Police, Fire Fighters, and Emergency Responders
PCVC-logo-1The Polk County Veterans Council has partnered with Platform Art, and area youth, to initiate a public art installation in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Lakeland, scheduled for unveiling in May. The work, entitled “Honor”, will be a tribute to veterans, police, firefighters, and emergency responders.
The Polk County Veterans Council has partnered with Platform Art, and area youth, to initiate a public art installation in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Lakeland, scheduled for unveiling in May. The work, entitled “Honor”, will be a tribute to veterans, police, firefighters, and emergency responders.
This project deserves your attention and needs your support.
Students met with local veterans in response to a challenge to design a sculpture based on “Honor”, and Platform Art provided leadership, facilitating communication among students, veterans, and the City of Lakeland. The sculpture project is part of current efforts to link the community and our youth to veterans and first responders, recognizing their honorable service.
This year’s theme was developed with a focus group made up of several representatives of the Veterans Council, led by retired US Marine Corps Colonel and City Commissioner Don Selvage, representatives from Fire and Police, the City of Lakeland, and other stakeholders. The group selected “Honor”, “Sacrifice”, “Duty”, and “Service” for sculpture themes to be installed over the coming four years.
Working with Polk County Schools Arts Supervisor, Kimberly Cruz, Platform Art presented a workshop for high-school teachers to incorporate a 3D curriculum for the 2013-14 school year. Platform commissioned Tom Monaco, a well-known regional artist, to spearhead the teacher training, and offer classroom support as needed during student design and production of the sculpture.
Teachers returned to their high-school classrooms to work with their students to produce their models in paper and cardboard. The competition entries were displayed on at the Platform Kids juried art event held on February 1st. Members of the Veterans Council, Platform Art, and other stakeholders in the project served as judges and selected a design by Maria Vazquez, a senior at Lake Region High School. Her work will be scaled up and fabricated in bronze by Mr. Monaco.
Funds invested in the Veteran’s Park Honor Sculpture project help cover the cost of commissioning a professional artist, conducting teacher workshops, providing art supplies for students, fabrication of the student work into a life-size metal sculpture, and installation of the finished version in the park on a permanent base. Total costs are estimated to be $7,500.
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