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Sarasota Season of Sculpture: “Under Azure Skies”

Sarasota’s Bayfront Park will soon be home to 10 new works of large-scale sculpture when the 2011 Sarasota Season of Sculpture (SSoS) unveils its sixth season in Novemember.

The exhibit, “Under Azure Skies,” features works by 10 artists and was curated by the Tennessee-based sculptor, John Henry. The sculptures will be installed in late October; the official unveiling, open to the public, is set for November at Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.

Henry says that the artwork reflects a range of styles, but most share the use of natural materials, evocative and iconic subject matter and an organic emphasis. “This exhibition was curated with the idea in mind that there is a power and significance that is unique to the man-made object,” explained Henry, adding that the exhibition was first shown at Art St. Urban l in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2007, where it has remained until this exhibition. After the Sarasota exhibition, the show travels to Florida International University in Miami.

“These sculptures come from artists of diverse backgrounds and origins,” said Susan McLeod, SSoS’s board president. “The series has attracted more than one million visitors during its 12-year history and turned Sarasota’s downtown bayfront into a major art destination.”

SSos offers free docent-guided tours during the exhibition, which runs through early May 2012.

For more information about SsoS in general and the 2011 season specifically, please visit

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