Sand and Sea

Submitted by Susan Gott

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Client: City of Tampa

Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Artwork budget: $125,000

Project Team

Design, Glass Fabrication, and Installation

Susan Gott

Phoenix Studio and Gott Glass Gallery

Terrazzo Fabrication and Installation

Mark Naugle

Stewart-Mellon Terrazzo

Overview

A 51 foot Glass Art and Terrazzo bench incorporating abstracted imagery of the beach and ocean. The nautical theme includes a mosaic of yachting iconography and marine life. The glass sea-shells, fish, crabs, spiral shells and anemones float about in the blue water and wash up on the sandy shore. The terrazzo uses a Mother-of-Pearl matrix to add to the playful nautical theme.

Goals

The goal of this public art project was to use local environmental themes of Tampa's beaches to create a Terrazzo bench with those themes embedded as glass focal points.

Process

The glass sea-shells, fish, crabs, and other marine life were individually crafted from hot glass. They were then embedded into the Terrazzo concrete during the concrete casting process.