Vignettes of Tampa
Description: Vignettes of Tampa; located in downtown Tampa, consists of numerous cast glass panels which are incorporated in an architectural garden trellis and includes objects from the region; examples include a Tampa Theater tragedy mask, architectural details from the Plant Hotel, Gasparilla pirate doubloons, and a Spanish galleon. These objects, pressed into sand and cast into glass, tell a story about Tampa’s diverse culture and history.
Location: The Zack Street Promenade of the Arts Tampa, Florida
Size: 9' x 30' x 3"
VIGNETTES of TAMPA provides respite for pedestrians with landscaping, seating & shade with my cast glass as the focal point. With my knowledge of the region, I gathered stories & artifacts from the community, museums & historical centers to tell a story of Tampa. In collaboration with area professionals Phil Graham Booth Landscape Architects, Social Section Solutions & Trimar Construction, our collective teamwork resulted in a unique and vibrant streetscape environment in the 100 block of Zack St; downtown Tampa.
This architectural landscape panel system utilizes my signature cast-glass design with historical imagery of Tampa depicting actual artifacts and the stories behind them. A theme which weaves throughout all three panels is the impact of the Hillsborough River and Tampa Bay waterways which the community together.
One panel includes imagery from Ybor City's flourishing cigar industry, historical icons of Tampa Theatre, University of Tampa minarets, and Gasparilla celebrations with coins, beads and key to the City. Another panel recognizes the steady presence of recreational sports, the legend of Jose Gaspar and the Platt Street Bridge.
A third panel features tiles honoring the city’s Spanish influence, early Native American roots, the Port of Tampa and the Jackson Rooming House at 851 Zack Street, renowned for being the city's only room and board hotel available to notable African American performers, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, who visited Tampa during the 1940s and 1950s.