Artists: Claire Bazzini, Jessica Chao, Brynn Wilary, Mirna Gerges, Kaitlyn Bradley
Title: 9-11, Never Forget
Artists' Statement: Our artwork is about the tragedy of 9/11 in a 3D picture with lots of help from firefighters. We used a lot of tools and materials such as a hot glue gun, campaign signs, and paint. This scene inspired us from the terrorism around the world, and we wanted everyone to remember this horrible event.
Artist: Samacha Nernginn
Artist's Statement: I tore apart and blended several campaign signs, mixed with foam to create a clay type mixture, then I carved out the illustration of Sacagawea. I first thought of Sacagawea after reading the US history category, because back then Native Americans were not treated fairly but she was integral in colonist/native American relationships.
Artists: Karis Cosmas, Haleigh Galvan, Sydney Gaumond, Alexis Georgiev, Taylor Gregory, Kayla Hanson, Kaileen Rodriguez
Title: Tampa Cigar Factory Fire 2015
Artists' Statement: For our project, we created a cigar factory, burgundy colored fire truck, and a building with flames and smoke. Firemen wearing bottle caps for helmets are holding straw hoses with magazine paper water.
Artists: Maddie Hill, Tatianna Zaldivar, Casey Butler, Lydia Kamp
Title: Gaspar's Boat
Artists' Statement: A huge event in Tampa's history is Gasparilla. For our sculpture, we chose "Gaspar's Boat" because it has a major role in the Gasparilla Boat Invasion. Gaspar and the boat are icons in Tampa. We even have a month long celebration which re-enacts Gaspar invading Tampa, and getting the key to the city from the mayor. We believe our sculpture captures the essence of Tampa and the Gasparilla invasion.
Artists: Danielle Greif, Zoe Hunter, Gentry Massey-William, Vaness Ibarra, Emma Scarlatella
Title: Warrior's Gasparilla Boat
Artists' Statement: My peers and I were taken by Jose Gaspar, and how he controlled the Tampa seas in a manner of speaking. We wanted to represent him and Tampa in one shot since the two are forever linked. By constructing the boat, we are honoring him and Tampa's history. We chose the Tampa history category to represent our rich and energized culture in an exciting way. The boat represents Gasparilla, an event that is home to Tampa Bay. Gasparilla is the celebration of a pirate invasion lead by Jose Gaspar and his crew. He inspires Tampa in many ways today.
Artists: Yetzabeth Camacho, Asia Collins, K'Mari Crawford, Lilliana Crespo, Anthony Ezenya, Micah Gardener, Jared Lopez, Elijah Payne, Madisyn Sepulveda, Marcus Stewart
Title: No Day Shall Erase You From Memory of Time
Artists' Statement: We made the original Twin Towers see-through because even though the original buildings are gone, they shouldn’t be forgotten. If you look through them you will see the pools that take the place of the original Twin Towers at the memorial in New York. The new Freedom Tower stands in the middle as a symbol of strength, freedom and redemption. On the base of the sculpture you will see a statement and a mosaic. This is meant to look like the wall inside the 9/11 memorial and a reminder to not forget our fallen heroes.
Artist: Nick Wagner
Title: First Flying Machine
Artist's Statement: I thought doing the first plane would be fun. I've read about it and it's a pretty interesting subject. They spent so many years trying to figure out how to make that plane fly.
Artist: Payton Sherer
Title: Buy Our Product
Artist's Statement: Ever since the introduction and mass production of the TV, modern history has been influenced by advertisement. Whether it be propaganda, exemplifying a product , or spreading ideas, advertisements trying to influence consumers. This can be seen through testimonial, avante-garde, bandwagon, etc. Advertisements and advertisers seek to spread their messages. My piece symbolizes how our history has been shaped by these influences.
Artists: Jurnee Bailey, Sara Garcia, Desirae Rodriguez, Lillie Vance, Emmalee Simmons, Alexis Ackroyd, Tavares Anderson, Caleb Williams, Krysten Crawford
Title: Our Community Heroes
Artists' Statement: We decided to make a sculpture that honors the firefighters in our community because they keep us safe. They help our school. They are our heroes because they are brave and strong. Firefighters are the mightiest! They have always been there for everyone!
Artists: Keira O'Brien, Kate O'Brien, Kai Wheelright, Claire Stockstad
Title: Old Hyde Park Art Center
Artists' Statement: We chose Old Hyde Park Art Center for this project, because it’s a historic building in Tampa dating back to 1898 or there about. It was a temporary school house while Hyde Park Grammar School (presently, Gorrie Elementary) was being built, located on the corner of DeLeon and South Blvd. In 1903, New Hyde Park Grammar School opened. The wood frame building was turned into a library and in 1915, it was the site of the first hot lunch program in the county. It is thought to have also been the first public kindergarten. In 1922, the ever changing building became the Hyde Park Branch Library. It was moved to 705 W Swann Ave. in 1936, where it served as a Public Library until 1968. Tampa Realistic Artists, Inc. took it over and opened it as the Old Hyde Park Art Center in 1969, first leasing it and later purchasing it in 1979. Today, it continues to be a place for art classes, workshops and exhibits for children and adults of all ages. The entire exterior was recently restored to its historic exterior colors with the addition of an entrance more consistent with the turn of the century. In addition, the front doors, which have the city seal of Tampa just like those in City Council Chambers, were renovated. Since we take art classes each week at Old Hyde Park Art Center, it was the perfect choice for our project. It was fun to be working at the site we were creating--having the actual building right there to refer to throughout the entire process.
Artists: Ava Lazzara, Lauryn Kyle, Gabby Ramputi, Josie Stanton
Title: The Fire of Fairlane Eastwood
Artists' Statement: This piece represents a tragedy that happens everyday.We are showing respect to the people who put their lives at risk everyday, firefighters. We were inspired by the grandfather of one of our group members, who has been a fireman for 27 years. He has shown great courage. our main point is to persuade our viewers to show more gratitude!!
Artists: Molly Keith, Anna Mullins, Sofia Palma
Title: The Taxation Conflict
Artists' Statement: This piece represents Shay's Rebellion, the English taxing farmers for their crops. The barn represents the farmers who were lower in class and were unhappy with the taxes. The fancy larger house represents the English who were higher in class and more rich. The way this piece was built represents the conflict between both sides.
Artist: Emelyn Harvey
Title: Change Your Perspective
Artist's Statement: The purpose of this piece is to show the opposing differences between the Democratic and Republican parties. More specifically, their views on energy resources, and the environment. While Democrats prefer renewable energy resources, Republicans tend to prefer oil and other non-renewable resources. Their disagreements on this problem are important in US history, especially in the last decade.