Stitching Together Tampa

April 27, 2017 | Tampa Downtown | Art, City

Beneath the Laurel Street Bridge, an art installation is connecting communities

Written By Haley Ward

Placed strategically under the historic Laurel Street Bridge to “stitch” together the different communities of Tampa, the art studio Re:Site and design firm Metalab designed giant ceramic steel panels that fold to create a changing image for bikers, runners and walkers on Tampa’s Riverwalk. “Woven Waves” was completed in 2016 and can be seen from both the Riverwalk and the Hillsborough River.

Artists combined the colorful and outgoing patterns of West African, Cuban and Scottish cultures to represent Fortune Taylor, a major property owner, Hugh Macfarlane, a Scottish man who built cigar factories, and Cuban workers who fought for safer infrastructure, respectively.

All of these different patterns placed next to each other create a quilt-like image inspired by the changing current of the Hillsborough River and the ever-changing communities of the city.

Located on the Tampa Riverwalk
Completed 2016