Volusia County launches Art in Public Places website

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Volusia County has launched a new website that showcases more than 200 pieces of art purchased through the Art in Public Places program in the last 22 years.

This cold cast bronze relief entitled Music of the Spheres, 1998, was created by Brian Owens of Deltona.

The art, which ranges from monumental murals and bronze sculptures to classical oil paintings, is on display in 16 public buildings and outdoor areas. It can now be viewed online at www.volusia.org/art, which includes detailed images and information about the artists.

To see the art, visit the Ocean Center, where the collection incorporates the theme of sun, surf, sand and speed. Artwork includes oil and acrylic paintings, wood and bronze sculptures, clay vessels, and suspended diachronic glass and aluminum sculptures.

Largest collection
With 56 pieces, the Volusia County Courthouse in downtown DeLand has the largest Art in Public Places collection in Volusia County. A block away, the Historic Courthouse has 27 pieces of public art and the new Chess Park features a large outdoor mural.

The Deltona Regional Library has the newest collection, which is incorporated into bookcase ends, murals and the children’s desk.

Other Volusia County public libraries displaying pieces purchased through the Art in Public Places program include the DeBary Public Library, 200 N. Charles Blvd., DeBary; John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach; New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach; and the Port Orange Regional Library, 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange.

Public art also can be viewed at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand; Daytona Beach International Airport, 700 Catalina Drive, Daytona Beach; Lifeguard Headquarters and Administration Center, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach; Marine Science Center, 100 Lighthouse Drive, Ponce Inlet; Ocean Walk Village, North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach; Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand; and the Votran Transfer Plaza, 207 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach.

The Art in Public Places program, approved by the Volusia County Council in 1990, sets aside 0.5 to 1 percent of the construction of all new, expanded or renovated publically accessible county buildings for acquisition of artwork for permanent display.

For more information, contact Volusia County Cultural Coordinator Mike Fincher at 386-736-5963, ext. 15872, or mfincher@co.volusia.fl.us.

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