Submitted by Mark Aeling



Client: Crescent Development Group

Location: Tampa, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $65,000

Project Team


Mark Aeling

MGA Sculpture Studio


Don Hellein

Crescent Development Group


'Charley' is a monumental sculpture that pays homage to esteemed yacht builder Charley Morgan, who has designed over 10,000 sailing vessels. It is based on the Heritage, a 1970 entry in the Americas Cup. Commissioned by Crescent Development Group for their property in Tampa, Florida, the powder coated aluminum sculpture measures 27'H x 6'W x 8'D.


Crescent Development Group wanted a sculpture of signifiant stature that would serve as an icon for their new properties in Tampa, Florida. The complex is located by the city’s iconic Riverwalk, so Mark was inspired by the local landscape to design a monument that speaks to the culture and identity of the area.