|Mermaid on the Move!|
Bill Underwood - Liberty Media Group
Wellington, FL - She’s been featured in Playboy magazine, and appeared on CNN and other networks around the world; and for the past several months she has greeted visitors to the community center in Wellington, Florida. Now, the mermaid sculpture affectionately known as “The Siren” will travel down the road a piece to take her place as an entry in one of the leading outdoor sculpture competitions in the United States.
|Her cup runneth over - The Siren by Norman Gitzen’s next stop is the Palm Beach International Sculpture Biennale (Photo: Mark Randall/Sun-Sentinel)|
The Palm Beach International Sculpture Biennale, hosted by the Cultural Trust of the Palm Beaches, begins with a members-only preview gala and awards ceremony on Thursday, February 16 before opening to the public for a 60-day run, closing on April 16.
“I’m really happy that she’ll have a chance to compete and be judged on her merits, rather than on the controversy she caused a while back,” said Lake Worth, Florida sculptor Norman Gitzen, referring to the brouhaha that erupted when The Siren was installed in front of the community center in Wellington.
For those who have not followed the story, a few residents of this village of 38,000 objected to the mermaid based on her voluptuousness. “I think it was crazy, but everyone’s entitled to their own opinion,” said a bewildered Gitzen at the time. “I just don’t know what all the controversy was about, really.”
On the line for the artists is a 1st Place cash award of $10,000, with the 2nd Place finisher receiving $5,000. The prize for finishing in 3rd Place is $2,500. Curator’s Recognition Awards will be presented to 7 additional artists, who will be listed in the 2008 Biennale Catalog.
For more information about The Palm Beach International Sculpture Biennale, contact Manuel Bornia at (561) 333-4948.
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