Sculpture influences park, courtyard design

Sculpture influences park, courtyard design
“And I Still Rise” by Konstantin Dimopoulos

“By day the artwork resonates with saturated color. At night the artwork will richly glow,” said Konstantin Dimopoulos, the artist commissioned to create the 26-foot high sculpture in Hope Park, a gift to the community on the campus of Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Passers-by at the corner of San Marco Boulevard and Children’s Way can’t help but notice the upward-rising, tapering spire made of carbon fiber rods, which move with the wind, responding to the environment. The rods move very gently back and forth under the influence of wind, rather like seagrasses in their pulsating movement. As the rods touch each other when moving in the wind, they create a gentle sound, said Dimopoulos.

“We redesigned the park after we saw Kon’s sculpture design,” said Melanie Husk, Baptist Health vice president, marketing and communications. “We decided early on that sculpture designs will influence landscaping, park and courtyard designs, not vice versa.”

The sculpture, one of four on the cancer center campus, was donated by Preston and Joan Haskell of Ortega. Haskell, founder of Haskell Company, noted art collector and benefactor, has sponsored other Downtown sculptures, including one at the JAX Chamber office.

During August, the focus will turn toward completing the interior details and moving in, with a community open house planned for Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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