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The Turtle Trail

The Palm Coast Arts Foundation (PCAF) is excited to launch a public community sculpture project we hope to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.  Using our indigenous LOGGERHEAD turtle as our model, these sculptures will hopefully appear in many areas around the County promoting this sea life species known to our community.


Project Description:
Large-scale fiberglass loggerhead turtles (approx. 4’ x 5’) – diagram attached, approximate weight is 60 pounds.  These fiberglass turtles would be purchased by “sponsors” and transformed by area artists. Once several of these sculptures are installed in the community, a map of there locations will be available to residents and visitors.


Theme
We do encourage a theme to this initial launch of turtles.  We hope that you, the artist, will choose an artist of historical significance to acquire your inspiration.  Our first prototype is named CLAUDE after Claude Monet and the artist was inspired by Monet’s famed lily-pad theme which was painted on the turtles’ back.  Each turtle’s name will be included on the bronze plaque and numbered in sequential order of dates purchased.


Where will Turtles be Placed?
The turtles will be placed in a pre-determined location (private or public, dependent upon sponsor).  Some may wish to donate to a school to have an artist work with students on creating their masterpiece; others may want to donate one to a trail head site; public park; or other such location; or simply keep in their place of business or home.


Once a few sculptures are placed, a map will be created of where the turtles are located and distributed by the Tourism office to area hotels, and businesses.

Artists:

MEET CLAUDE


Named “Claude” after his namesake Claude Monet, the inspiration of the artists, the water-lily themed loggerhead now has a permanent home in front of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation outdoor stage. Purchased for PCAF by Parkside Realty Group, Sam Perkovich, broker/owner stated “Parkside is proud to be the first to have a turtle installed as the prototype to launch this project. This is another revenue stream for PCAF’s capital campaign projects for the cultural arts complex in Town Center.”

Artist Paul Beaulieu stated “working in collaboration with another local artist on this project was a unique and enjoyable experience for me. I invite other local artists to ‘take up the brush’ and join in on the fun. I see a future with PCAF turtles popping up throughout Flagler County. It will be an educational experience for both adults and children”.

Artist Tom Anastasio commented, “art is but one branch on the ‘tree of life’. It ennobles our creative experiences. The Loggerhead Turtle for me, is the embodiment of this experience as it spreads its wings and flies through the Earth’s oceans. The conceptual desire in working on this prototype project was to share the creative possibilities via an artistic and historical didactic experience with the corporate and public sector. It was a pleasure in working with such creative and supportive people.”

View the website for Artist Paul Beaulieu

MEET TIFF

“TIFF” the loggerhead turtle inspired by Art-Nouveau American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, was dedicated on Tuesday, October 23, 5:00 pm as part of the on-going community public sculpture project the Palm Coast Arts Foundation launched in May. The dedication took place at 5:00 pm at the Long Creek Nature Preserve, 1050 Palm Harbor Parkway.

Sponsors Beth and Fred Allen and Terri and Rafael Medina are thrilled to participate in this unique project. Ormond Beach artist, Ron Lace was chosen for the project because of his ability to paint with the look of “stained glass” as was Tiffany’s claim to fame. Both sponsors Allen and Medina were happy to donate this sculpture to the City of Palm Coast so that many can enjoy. The placement of “TIFF” will allow the public to view him from the canal and the nature preserve walking path.

Artist Ron Lace stated, “designing and painting “TIFF” was an exciting and challenging experience and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with the staff at PCAF and the sponsors to promote this educational and inspirational project. Louis Comfort Tiffany was an amazingly creative and talented artist, so I was thrilled when his work was to be the theme for my contribution to the Turtle Trail. My inspiration came from the beautiful egrets and herons that are so prevalent in our area and my design idea was to use this subject, along with the turtle, to create both a mosaic and stained-glass effect that characterized the work of Tiffany. It is my hope that I have been successful in at least a small measure.”

View the website for Artist Ron Lace

Contact Nancy Crouch, Executive Director, Palm Coast Arts Foundation:  nancycrouch@palmcoastartsfoundation.com or 386-225-4394 and send your website or link to a gallery of your work.


Phase II of our capital projects is our Raise the Roof campaign.  The $1.7 million span-system roof system is a complex steel and fiberglass-like material base that will provide shelter for performances on our outdoor 4,500 sq.ft. stage.  Our goal is to raise $1 million to match State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs funds.

March 17, 2017, a $50,000 Challenge Match was announced.  It was later revealed that PCAF Trustee, Lindsey Florence was the anonymous donor and the match was exceeded in 66 days; raising $112,000.  Thank you to all who participated!  AND those who participated more than once!

Our on-going paver campaign allows donors for just a $150 donation to support our building efforts.  Up to four lines (18 characters per line) is a wonderful way to memorialize, honor, name, or simply acknowledge and support the arts.

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