Alliance for the Arts Announces Finalist for Major Public Art Project


The Alliance for the Arts is proud to announce the selection of artist Michael Singer for a campus public art project planned for the 2.2 acres along McGregor Boulevard.

Selected from an initial field of 20 artists from across the United States, Michael Singer was ultimately chosen for his vision and approach to the Alliance campus.  The project will focus on area water quality issues, southwest Florida’s history and the unique culture of the surrounding community.  Singer will work collaboratively with the project team to transform the Alliance grounds and retention pond, integrating public art and landscaping with sidewalks, walkways, lighting and signage.  The artwork will serve as a significant landmark gateway to the City of Fort Myers.

Michael Singer has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His works are part of public collections in the United States and abroad, including the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Michael Singer’s sculptural gardens and landscapes in the public realm have been noted for their unique regenerative qualities with each project shaped to restore environmental function through the creation of the built work. Among the most recent sculptural gardens is a 40 foot tall Sculptural Biofiltration Wall and aquatic garden created for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The garden filters 100 gallons of water per minute through mechanical and biological filtration systems powered entirely by solar energy.

Singer will join the Alliance project team which includes Lydia Black, CEO/Executive Director, Alliance for the Arts; Barbara Hill, Hill Fine Art Consulting, Inc., Jeffrey Mudgett, Principle, Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, Inc.; Jonathan Romine, Owner,  EnSite, Inc.; Michael Sohn, retired CEO.  Funding for this project has been made possible through a matching grant by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and by the Price Foundation, L.A.T. Foundation, and through the generosity of individual donors.

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