Gardenias - CODAworx


Client: SoHo Grove Café

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $5,000

Project Team

lead designer/project manager

Elle Terry Leonard (Dean)

Architectural Ceramics

designing sculptor

Charles Dean

Architectural Ceramics


August Vernon

August Vernon Galleries


Mike Cannanta


We created and installed three large-scale Gardenias, respectively, 24”, 36” and 48” wide, as part of the exterior backdrop for photo opportunities at SoHo Grove, a very lively bar and café, in revamped south Tampa.


The goal was to create welcoming and refreshing artwork as part of the branding for SoHo Grove an outdoor bar and café in South Tampa.


August Vernon, artist and art constant for the SoHo Grove owners came to us to create durable
Art for the new café’s outdoor space. (See Pangaea and Genesis, other projects done in collaboration with Vernon). Much time was spent on the actual mechanics of how the pieces would be put into the kilns to be fired and how they would be attached to the wall when finished. Once that was established, all was a joyful exercise in sculpting huge organic pedal forms and assembling them into a flower. We did the actual on-site installation ourselves with the help of Mike Cannata, an artist in residence at The Morean Center for Clay.