Enhancing Aesthetics of Places and Spaces on Campus

The Golden One art installation.

The Golden One is one of the aesthetic upgrades and art projects being unveiled this school year.

(Oct 31, 2017) – If you have walked past the Family Study Center on the northeast corner of campus in recent weeks, you may have noticed that the building is undergoing an art facelift. A new installation has encased the exterior of the mid-century structure with bright gold and soon to be bold green strokes. The aesthetic upgrade seeks to turn the building into a recognizable landmark and the first view of campus for those coming from Albert Whitted Airport and tourist destinations like the Dali Museum.

The art installation, titled The Golden One, was a concept by St. Petersburg artist Ya La’Ford and will be completed in the coming weeks. Composed of interconnecting strokes, the design represents the connectivity between student life and the surrounding downtown community.

“We wanted to visually transform the building and announce that you are at USFSP,” said Ann Wykell, public art consultant for USFSP. “It is one way we are introducing art and design through the creativity of artists and students.”

The Golden One is just one of many art installations and aesthetic upgrades to places and spaces at USFSP. Many will be unveiled in the ensuing school year.

A photo mural documenting the military experience will be installed in the Military and Veterans Success Center. Approximately 40 photographs from professional photographers will adorn an adhesive wall covering. USFSP student veterans gathered at the center to look at hundreds of photos, identifying the ones that most resonated and represented the transition from solider to student.

Renowned Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto has been selected to create a new public art project at the Kate Tiedemann College of Business, funded through Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program. The installation, titled The Invisible Telescope, will be located on the exterior walls of the Collaboration Terrace on the 3rd floor and will be visible from many perspectives throughout the building. Inspired by the career of Kate Tiedemann as entrepreneur of instruments to improve vision, Cinto’s project proposes a space or lens for viewers to contemplate new perspectives and dreams for the future. Cinto’s work is well represented in public and private collections and has been exhibited at museums and institutions worldwide.

Infographics will educate visitors about sustainable agriculture underlying the Food Forest practices. By Peter Sather, Gabrielle Mena and Iris Liquing.

Infographics will educate visitors about sustainable agriculture underlying the Food Forest practices. By Peter Sather, Gabrielle Mena and Iris Liquing.

Infographic panels will educate visitors about sustainable agriculture underlying the Food Forest practices. By Peter Sather, Gabrielle Mena and Iris Liquing.[/caption]

Infographic panels and plant labels will be added to the Food Forest behind Residence Hall One. Students from the Graphic Design program and members of the student-run garden club came together to develop information and graphic concepts to communicate and identify the more than 50 types of edible and medicinal plants that are found in the garden. The art will educate visitors about sustainable agriculture underlying the Food Forest practices.

“By engaging in more of these art projects, we are giving students a chance to work with other students and artists to infuse their creative expression into the campus environment,” said Wykell.

Earlier this semester, USFSP’s newest waterfront destination for academic and leisure pursuits – The Edge – opened its doors as the newest spont on campus for bringing students together throughout the year. The Edge features a revamped outdoor space with a large deck and plenty of outdoor seating, and a pergola directly on the harbor. Large, folding glass doors are featured on the opposite sides of the space, one opening up to Coquina pool and the other to the deck and harbor. The glass doors bring in abundant natural light and create a modern look and feel.

“There are interesting and innovative ways we can insert art and quality design into the campus environment. It is not just about art, but about how we design our spaces as well,” said Wykell.