As part of ongoing enhancements to the Alliance for the Arts ArtsPark and campus, the Alliance announces that the Caloosahatchee Water Wall by internationally acclaimed artist Michael Singer will be installed on Tuesday, June 23rd. The main structure of the piece, steel beams and aluminum panels, are expected to be installed by Wednesday June 24. Additional landscaping, ground work and pavers will be installed over the following 4 weeks.
The Caloosahatchee Water Wall, a public art piece, not only depicts the Caloosahatchee River, it also affords an array of environmental restoration. The design of the Water Wall sweeps up water from the ArtsPark pond and filters it before allowing the water to trickle back down. As the water rolls to the bottom of the sculpture, it drips, reels and lands onto plants and soil at the base of the Water Wall, allowing one more shining and slow-moving wash before eventually making its way out to the Caloosahatchee.
“It is truly an honor being selected by the Alliance for the Arts as the artist to create a public sculpture for this inspiring Fort Myers based organization,” says artist Michael Singer. “My hope is the Caloosahatchee Water Wall sculpture becomes a distinguishing work of art for the Alliance while also providing the larger community with an understanding of interconnections between very special natural water systems of the Caloosahatchee River as well as our responsibility to take on damaging environmental human impacts. My hope is that this Water Wall sculpture motivates positive actions that will address complex water quality issues in the region.”
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.
The Water Wall is the anchor to the Alliance’s overarching ArtsPark. Completed project highlights include new crosswalks, sidewalk, pathways, lighting, landscaping reflecting southwest Florida ecosystems, a new contemporary building paint job and a reshaped retention basin that is more effective at collecting and cleaning stormwater.
“It has been a pleasure watching the Alliance campus transform into a space that draws the community in and encourages creativity,” says Alliance for the Arts executive director Lydia Black. “We are enormously grateful artist to artist Michael Singer, the campus enrichment team, the Alliance staff and Board and the countless community partners who have made this project possible.”
Campus improvements are supported in part by John E. & Aliese Price Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Frizzell Family Foundation, Deborah Meisenberg Family Trust, L.A.T. Foundation, Rotary Club of Fort Myers South, a special gift in memory of Lucille Remler, Huffer Foundation, Keep Lee County Beautiful Foundation, LCEC, The Claiborne and Ned Foulds Foundation and a multitude of Alliance members and patrons.
For more information on the Alliance for the Arts or the Alliance ArtsPark, visit ArtInLee.org/ArtsPark.