Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Update on the Enviro-Art should it be donated to someone or a school where it will be displayed?

Palmetto Bay should donate the bottle eco-art piece to one of our local schools if Palmetto Bay is not going to display it. But don't put it to rot.

This is not an unreasonable request.

I have no illusions that this piece will be provided to me, but my goal is that this Art is loaned or gifted to one of our local Art Magnet Schools - the Art Lead at Southwood Middle School Center for the Arts has indicated a strong interest for this piece as it should be displayed and appreciated. This Art (and the Artist) deserve a viewing for those who may appreciate it.  Art is designed to evoke emotion, not appeal to everyone.
For those who rely upon Wikipedia - ART:
The purpose of works of art may be to communicate ideas, such as in politically, spiritually, or philosophically motivated art; to create a sense of beauty (see aesthetics); to explore the nature of perception; for pleasure; or to generate strong emotions. The purpose may also be seemingly nonexistent.
For background, see a PRIOR RELATED POST of July 21, 2019, Is this any way to treat art? Palmetto Bay - the disposable society. Oh, the irony. And, by the way, when did Coral Reef Park get repurposed as a dump? (Editor's update - I understand that the Palmetto Bay Tree Board has requested that this area be cleaned up as its a park, as well as near an environmentally sensitive Pine Rockland, an area that Coral Reef Elementary has requested use for an 'outdoor classroom' to study)

The irony. This piece of eco-art, made out of recycled materials, ends up in the trash.

This Art piece was controversial as displayed in the traffic circle at 168th and 82nd Av, but resided quietly for years at Village Hall. Though some may have hated it, but this art piece speaks volumes as does the way it has been treated by the current Mayor and Village Council. They decided to trash it. Shame on them.

I have posted my e-mail of Monday, August 5, 2019, provided to the Village Council members, Village Management and select members of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, below, documenting this positive request:

Inquiry as to status of the Village enviro-art piece

From: Eugene Flinn (
Date: Monday, August 5, 2019, 02:36 PM EDT

Greetings. The purpose of this e-mail is to inquire about the status of the enviro-art piece as
identified in the attached photograph. I am referring to the Art
originally displayed out front of the
Palmetto Bay Municipal Center from 2011 to October 2014, See
New bronze sculpture installedat Village Hall, by: Gary Alan Ruse |October 29, 2014. It was then stored until it was
TEMPORARILY at the traffic circle at SW 168th Street and 82nd Avenue, see the article of
July 26, 2018,
Traffic Circle at 168 Street / 82nd Av has a temporary AIPP piece installed
under a permanent art piece is selected and installed

I hate to see this Art shuttered out of view. I would be happy to take it and display it on my own if
the Village no longer has use for it. However, I am also strongly aware of the interest of our local
schools in this piece.
Jenifer Berse, Art Magnet Lead at Southwood, would be appreciative of the
donation of this piece as she works with environmental reclamation as art. Obviously Southwood
Principal Raul Garcia should be included in the discussion.

"Bottle Art" is relevant to Southern Traditions. I have included a link to an article by Holly Skaggs,  Build Your Own Bottle Tree Like the Southerners Do and Make Recycle Yard Décor in order to provide some background into the history of one branch of bottle art. I also invite everyone to take a look at the work of  Stephanie Dwyer,  BOTTLE TREE & SOUTHERN FOLKLORE METAL ARTIST

In short, moving this Art back to where it would be preserved and appreciated would be a huge

I ask that the Village consider allowing this art to be moved to either a collection to be properly
displayed or donated to our local Arts Magnet School. This is in the best interest for our Village,
our Schools, the Art, the artists as well as those who have an appreciation for eco-art!

Thank you for your kind attention to this matter. I await your response.

Eugene Flinn

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