I was in Fort Myers Florida earlier this week and found this monument. It is very interesting but I am clueless as to what it represents or stands for. Any help on this?
I’m also going to fort myers this summer and I want to visit this monument. Do you have an address, because I can’t find it on the web.
Hi Tony, My first clue was that the cylinder had botanical names and I did a google search on that and Ft. Myers and came up with this excerpt from this website:
Jim Sanborn, Maryland
Sanborn’s sculpture “Caloosahatchee Manuscripts”, a gift to the city from Florida Power & Light in 2001, was commissioned for the front entrance of what is now the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on First Street, between Lee and Jackson. Two large, lighted bronze cylinders illuminate and magnify text using botanical names of plants used in Thomas Edison’s experiments and Native American Maskoki (Creek) migration story onto the surrounding urban landscape. This work is an example of how public art can successfully enhance a space and provide viewers with a unique way to learn about the city’s rich historic heritage.
Jim Sanborn’s artistic career spans more than three decades with works commissioned by federal agencies such as Central Intelligence Agency, and NOAA; prestigious art museums such as the Hirshhorn, Corcoran, High Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the United States, as well as projects for China and Japan.
There is an additional link to Jim Sanborn’s work.
Thanks, Alicia, that is very helpful!!
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