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The Maguires of Lakeland, with the support and assistance of Platform Art, has partnered with the First United Methodist Church to establish a significant public art installation on Lake Morton Drive to illustrate and celebrate the essence and endurance of the city’s first neighborhood. 

 

Primary elements will include depictions of the citizens and denizens of the lake and it environs. The forms will allow residents and visitors to touch and inspect them, and the lamppost will display directional signs and QR codes linking users to the websites of Lakeland’s creative community partners:

 

Florida Dance Theatre 

Florida Children’s Museum

Lakeland Community Theatre

Lakeland Symphony Orchestra 

Platform Art 

Polk Museum of Art 

Polk Theatre

 

The overall design will center on a family picnic scenario with stylized life-size characters representing men, women, and children surrounding a detailed street map of the historic neighborhood, laid out like a picnic blanket, with the residential blocks embossed on its surface.

Among other impacts, Lake Morton Place intends to strengthen the residents’ attachment to the place itself and to ensure that visitors are warmly welcomed. Officially designated as an historic district in 1985, the neighborhood continues to thrive, and remains a modern version of its original form with a wide variety of architecture and living spaces that accommodate broad economic diversity. 

 

According to the designer, Michael Maguire, “While many such places tout “historic preservation”, this project will focus on “historic perseverance”, recognizing that the area is alive and well, not mummified!”

The Partners

First United Methodist Church

The City of Lakeland

The Lake Morton Neighborhood Association

Lake Morton Century Homes

The Maguires of Lakeland

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