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Compassionate St. Augustine, the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, Flagler College, and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida will present Obelisk Art 450, commemorating the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.
The Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion is a collection of twenty-five, eight-foot tall obelisks embellished by professional artists. Created in addition to these, Obelisk Art 450 Compassion through the Eyes of Children offers a collection of twenty-eight, four-foot tall obelisks ornamented by elementary school children in St. Johns County.
The September exhibit will be the only opportunity for viewers to see all the artist and student created obelisks in one location before the art pieces are displayed at a variety of public and private donor locations throughout St. Augustine. From Friday, Oct. 2 through January 31, the obelisks will be on view at each patron site (with some sites having limited viewing hours). Brochures and maps will be available at hotels, attractions and the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center.
The obelisks are replicas of the thirty-foot Monumento de la Constitucion obelisk in St. Augustine’s public square. The professional artists and schoolchildren have been encouraged to interpret the four foundational values of the monument, originally dedicated in 1813 to uphold the values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and compassion.
The mission of Compassionate St. Augustine is to influence and inspire a culture of compassion through advocacy, awareness and action.
The Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion opens Sept. 4 (First Friday Art Walk), from 5:30-9 p.m. at 48 Sevilla Street downtown St. Augustine. www.compassionstaugustine.org.
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