Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"Song of the Hillsborough"

One of my favorite public art pieces in Tampa is at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library on Bearss Avenue. "Song of the Hillsborough" is a poem about the Hillsborough River, written by Tampa's poet laureate James Tokley, and it is also a series of panels painted by local folk artist Mr. B (Jack Beverland). These panels are arrayed throughout the library with stanzas of the poem below. While the art really should be seen in person to be truly appreciated -- Mr. B. uses puff paint so there is a textural 3-D quality to his work -- you can also enjoy their joint efforts on the library's website. (link to "Song of the Hillsborough," use the green arrows under the picture to go to the next frame)

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