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Public Artwork Dedication Ceremony at Fire Station 45

CLEARWATER, Fla. ' 'Accumulate,' a unique suspended sculpture with a salute to fire fighting history, was completed early this year at Fire Station 45. The artwork, designed by Portland, Maine-based artist Aaron Stephan, represents the most recent commission of the city's Public Art & Design Program. On Dec. 9, there will be a dedication ceremony for the 'Accumulate' sculpture from 3 to 4 p.m. at Fire Station 45, 1140 Court. St. During this ceremony, visitors will get to see the sculpture and take pictures. After the short ceremony, those interested will be able to board a trolley and be taken around Clearwater to see other unique pieces of art, such as the decorated signal boxes and new sculpture recently installed outside the Main Library. 'Accumulate' was created with hundreds of glass spheres and multi-colored fire hoses representing the practice of drip-drying fire hoses after use. Purchase and installation of the sculpture cost around $107,000. Clearwater has been commissioning public art as part of an ordinance-driven program, which mandates that no less than one-percent of all eligible capital improvement projects is reserved for the creation and maintenance of on-site public art. Artists, like Stephan, are selected through a national call to artists and are required to research the project and site at which the final piece of art will reside. The sculpture can be viewed by anyone visiting Fire Station 45. For more information on Clearwater's Public Art & Design Program, please visit
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