The Magic River James Simon

Submitted by James Simon

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Client: City of Bradenton

Location: Bradenton, FL, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $85,000

Project Team

Artist

James Simon

Art Consultant

Johnette Isham

Realize Bradenton

Overview

The Magic River 2019, Bradenton Florida, is a 120’ glass and ceramic mosaic commissioned by Realize Bradenton for a new building that houses the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, retail spaces, and a parking garage. The mosaic will look out on to a new public space still in process. The Mosaic celebrates the diverse cultures and daily life of Bradenton with the symbolic “Manatee River” running through the entire composition, tying everything together. The ceramic fish in the river were created by members of the community through two artist led workshops.

Goals

The Mosaic celebrates the diverse cultures and daily life of Bradenton with the symbolic “Manatee River” running through the entire composition, tying everything together.

Process

I worked closely with the staff at Realize Bradenton to understand the history and life of the community, and then designed the mosaic panels with their feedback.The ceramic fish in the river were created by members of the community through two artist led workshops.The glass comes from Youghiogheny glass making factory in Pa-