12’ x 12’
Powder Coated Aluminum with LED Lights
SeeArt Orlando - Bright House Sponsor
Orange County Regional History Center - Heritage Square
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is proud to join with community leaders for the launch of SEE ART ORLANDO, a public sculpture community project designed to enhance the aesthetic experience and cultural image of Downtown Orlando through the installation of eight iconic works of public art throughout the city core.
The mayor first announced the $1.5 million program in August. DeeDee Morrison of Birmingham, Ala. created the Global Convergence LED light sculpture at the Orange County Regional History Center in Heritage Square. “All the artists selected are world-class with national and international acclaim and we are excited to have them prepare these iconic sculpture works for our Downtown,” said See Art Orlando Chairwomen Jennifer Quigley. The installation of iconic works of art throughout the City will bring national and international attention to Orlando with a purpose to be supportive toward the economic viability of the community. It is a good representation of a positive outcome of a public and private venture.
When considering a sustainable design for the See Art Orlando Public Art Project, Morrison reflected on the continued and accelerating effects of our global interconnectedness. Our connection is happening as a result of technology, infrastructure and lifestyle. The sculpture design seeks to re-think the shape of the recognizable - creating a contemporary motif from the traditional shape of a globe and creating a forward thinking sculpture celebrating Orlando’s rich natural and cultural diversity as a global city mindful of the future.
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COMPONENTS THAT MAKE UP THE GLOBAL CONVERGENCE SCULPTURE
The cobalt blue globe represents the oceans of diversity. Global Convergence celebrates our rich diversity as a planet and offers a gentle reminder that mankind and nature are ultimately dependent one on another. Our interconnectedness offers tremendous opportunity and the same degree of responsibility - as we live and evolve on this planet together.
OUR OCEANS AND FRESH WATER
The cobalt blue panels inside the globe represent the oceans and fresh water systems. In a world in which it seems that nearly every natural ecosystem is under stress, our ocean and freshwater ecosystems – the diverse communities found in lakes, rivers, and wetlands, seas and oceans – may be the most endangered of all.
A THREATENED FRESHWATER FISH
The Shoal Bass (Micropterus cataractae) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family and one of the black basses. It is native to subtropical waters in Florida. Only described for the first time in 1999, ichthyologists are still expanding what is known about the species. The Shoal Bass is one of 31 freshwater fish species that are rare, threatened, or endangered in Florida’s rivers and streams. The CNC cut-out patterns in the aluminum allow the lexan panels to vibrantly showcase the school of Shoal Bass swimming on the interior panels of the globe in an ocean blue hue, cast from the interior LED lighting system.
LED LIGHTING SYSTEM
An LED lighting system has been selected for the Global Convergence sculpture project because it offers a universal system that is fully integrated, using low voltage, high weather durability and long life for outdoor applications. Sculpture interwoven into the public realm can serve as a social catalyst and a way to reveal complex ideas and issues in an engaging way. The RGB colored LED lights are programmed to dynamically reflect light and color into the surrounding space, transforming the sculpture with its changing light patterns at night.
SHOAL BASS GYOTAKU PRINTED ON THE LEXAN PANELS
Gyotaku (ghee-oh-TAH-koo), meaning “fish rubbing” in Japanese, is a traditional printmaking technique. In the original method, sumi ink was applied directly to the actual fish, rice paper was gently laid on top, and the result was a life-size impression of the fish – complete with the intricate detail of the scales and fins. When the print was created correctly, the artist’s only finishing touch was to paint the eyes and sign/stamp the finished piece.
ABOUT THE FISH
A member of the Black Bass family of Sunfish (other members include Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted, and Redeye Bass), the Shoal Bass (Micropterus cataactae) is native only to the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River drainages of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Once abundant throughout its range, the species has become threatened in recent years with the destruction of habitat and introduction of dams that inhibit migration and spawning – especially in northwest and central Florida.
The Shoal Bass is distinctly different from other Black Bass species, featuring darkly colored vertical bars along its body (different from the horizontal bar typical of largemouth and spotted bass), a deep bronze or yellow-green coloration, a jaw that does not extend beyond the eye, and dorsal fins that are connected; all further differentiators from the Largemouth Bass. Shoal Bass lack a tooth patch on the tongue, a characteristic of Spotted Bass, though they often have deep red eyes – similar to Redeye Bass and the occasional Spotted Bass. The name ‘Shoal Bass’ refers to their preferred habitat of fast-moving shoals or eddies that are adjacent to a swift current.