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Posted September 23, 2020 | 1:20 PM

Can't-Miss Works of Art

You'll come across colorful, larger-than-life creations just about everywhere in Hillsborough County

Murals. Inspiring, enlightening, or whimsical, they say something about a community and an artist.

There are murals and works of street art throughout Hillsborough County. Most are well received, providing splashes of color and a sense of place amid sometimes drab surroundings.

Here's a sampling

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Fire Trucks from Around the World adorns an outside wall at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin. The building at 101 First Ave. N.E. is a former volunteer fire station. The mural was designed by Barry Goodman and Will Tellenti, and painted before and during the Center's summer camp in 2019.
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Faces of West Tampa is on a wall at Salcines Park, 1705 N. Howard Ave. Commissioned in 2018 by the City of Tampa, the painting by artists Tony Krol and Michelle Sawyer reflects the diverse history of West Tampa, showcasing well-known people and places. West Tampa residents helped the artists decide what elements to include in the mural.
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Lady Gaga, on the side of a business at 1701 N. Franklin St. in Tampa, was painted by artist Cam Parker in 2017. The singer and actress acknowledged the mural and accepted a rendition of the work during a concert at Amalie Arena that December.
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I Feel Safe by artist Alexis "Stix" Brown is near the picnic area at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road. It includes these words by Lex Lang: "Here exists diverse seeds of play. Here in this place, grow the best versions of self. Here, I belong to a community that thrives because I choose to nurture my Artistic Soul. We are culture in motion."
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TAMPA Postcard is among the most recognized murals in Hillsborough County. Painted by Carl Cowden II in 2003 and repainted by the artist in 2012, it depicts a vintage postcard featuring local landmarks. Commissioned by the City of Tampa, the mural is on a brick building at the corner of Florida Avenue and Royal Street.

Plan on going to see these and other murals in Hillsborough County? Send your photos and selfies our way by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and using #MyHillsborough.

Along with hundreds of murals and works of street art throughout the County, there are countless other informal and formal displays of artists' creations. Hillsborough County began its Public Art Program more than 30 years ago, and it has grown to about 300 works at more than 50 locations. The program's goal is to showcase the county's diversity of cultures, landscapes, and manmade features through a variety of artistic mediums.

Top photo: Glasses for All Children is a new mural at Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave. Unveiled in September by the Glazer Vision Foundation, the display encourages people to share selfie photos of themselves wearing glasses to the hashtag #OneShareOnePair. For each shared image the Foundation provides a child with a free eye exam and glasses.

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