The City of Orlando reviewed more than 300 art concepts to find one that would meet the spirit of the I-4 Ultimate endowment, beautify the area, and be appreciated by drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike. After narrowing the field to four finalists, the city council and the I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment committee approved Hunter Brown’s “Solidarity” and it is now a reality.
The giant stainless-steel like globe can be seen while driving on I-4 in downtown Orlando. “Solidarity” is a 35-foot tall design with twisting ribbon-like forms and large reflective sphere high in the sky.
Brown, of Innovative Sculpture Design in Little Rock, Arkansas, aims to create designs with deeper meaning that “push the limits of form, structure and space.”
“The relationship between forms in the Solidarity design reflects our relationships in our communities and in our world. There is strength in unity, working together, and a collective effort for the greater good,” Brown said in his proposal.
The blended brush-patterned, stainless-steel installation will be visible when approaching Colonial Drive (State Road 50) and Garland Avenue. Illuminated by an LED lighting system at night, two twisted, ribbon-like forms will reach toward the sky, embracing a large reflective sphere representing our world and the communities we live in, 35 feet above the ground.
The twisting forms are joined at the base and anchored by an arch symbolizing “strength, support, and thresholds in time.”
This new public art piece is one of five installations created to beautify the I-4 Ultimate corridor.