Selmon Greenway Art Stroll
Fall is in full swing and cooler temperatures invite you to spend more time outside. Take a bike ride along the Selmon Greenway, a 1.7-mile paved trail that is the green spine of Downtown Tampa, to visit restaurants, craft breweries, and view the public art we’ve commissioned along the trail.
Take the Selmon Greenway Art Stroll this weekend! Here are our top three suggestions for an art day on the Greenway:
Commissioned by the City of Tampa and funded in part by the 2012 Republican National Host Committee, Tampa Together is an aluminum and stainless-steel sculpture by world-renowned glass artist, Catherine Woods. Located in a pocket park along the Selmon Greenway, Tampa Together recognizes and honors the diversity of Tampa’s different neighborhoods and communities. The piece celebrates Tampa’s diverse citizenry and reminds us that we can do all things as a city when we work together. Taking into consideration the personality of Tampa’s downtown, Tampa Together transforms the spirit of the city into an iconic statement that reflects a universal human experience. The voting button celebrates the democratic process and commemorates the City of Tampa hosting the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Play Nice Tampa
We commissioned world-renowned local artist Bask to create a mural for the Deputy John Kotfila, Jr. Memorial Dog Park to help liven up the space under the Selmon Expressway. And he did not disappoint! Titled Play Nice Tampa, the message is not just for dogs and dog-lovers, but for all of Tampa. Reminiscent of the Stay Curious mural Bask co-created for the Poe Parking Garage in Downtown Tampa, which encourages people of all ages to discover and explore the creativity that surrounds them, the Play Nice Tampa mural uses the power of positivity to evoke emotion and action from those who see it. Bask has a huge fan base and now we know why. Lucky for us, we can enjoy his vibrant murals all around Tampa Bay.
Frames on Franklin
Located along the Selmon Extension on-ramp on Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, Frames on Franklin was completed in May 2014 as a continuation of the Downtown Partnership Beautification Program. Working with the Downtown Partnership, City of Tampa Art Programs, and the Tampa Convention Center, we enhanced this heavily trafficked area with public art that celebrates the city. Tampa native Tim Boatright was selected as the artist on the project. His goal was to capture and celebrate Tampa’s history and future highlighted through six city icons: the Tampa Theatre, the Port of Tampa, Tampa City Hall, the Tampa Riverwalk, the University of Tampa, and the Floridan Hotel. The vibrant, poster-style art piece were inspired by vintage travel posters, cigar box art, and fruit crate labels – all of which are important parts of Tampa’s rich history. It took about 30 hours to create each graphic image, which can also be seen on traffic signal boxes throughout downtown.