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During a road trip in Virginia, I stopped by the City of Norfolk to visit one of my public artworks, Go Bongo, installed in 2014. I was happy to see that it looks great, even though the dog's "lead" was missing and someone place a sticker on its body. This work is installed in the Ghent Station area, across from a Fresh Market and on a street with many thriving businesses. The first image was taken in 2014, the one below in July 2021.

Public Art
Go Bongo, Photo taken in 2014

Public Art by Jorge Blanco, Norfolk VA
Go Bongo, 2014 Photo 2021

A look at successful roundabout projects in Sarasota, click on photo to read complete article by Ken Sides, P.E., PTOE / February 22, 2021

C-Squared General Contractors Inc. constructed this roundabout under a $875,914 contract with the city. The Bravo! artwork was purchased for $150,000 using Public Art Funds.

The Bravo! artwork in the roundabout central island comprises three separate 18-ft tall sculptures that were joined during the installation process. The sculptures are made of stainless steel and aerospace aluminum and finished with power-coated paint to withstand the elements.

Design services for the roundabout were provided by Sam Schwartz Engineering in Tampa, Florida, with Greg Trim as lead design engineer. Trim has designed more than 100 modern roundabouts, of which more than 40 have been constructed to date. The Bravo! roundabout was made possible at that time because the design was privately funded by a Sarasota resident who wished to see Sarasota’s downtown roundabout aspirations accelerated.

Vehicular traffic traversed the prior, conventional intersection at 35 mph. By design, the bus-friendly modern roundabout caps all vehicle speeds below 20 mph. The signalized prior intersection was awkward and intimidating for pedestrians, who had to walk a single-stage 90-ft crossing. At the new roundabout, pedestrians walk only 14 ft across one lane of approaching traffic to the roundabout splitter island where they can comfortably wait for a safe gap in the slow-moving exiting traffic before walking the 14-ft second stage of the crossing. Careful design made it possible for the roundabout to fit within the constrained urban setting with no need to purchase right of way.

The Florida DOT provided Local Agency Program funding for construction. The roundabout opened in July 2018 “to rave reviews from residents and users” alike, according to Shaw. The roundabout has proven to solve both traffic congestion and concerns for pedestrian safety. An example of context-sensitive design in an urban setting, it won the 2019 Small Projects Award for Engineering Excellence conferred by the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers.

Updated: Feb 13, 2021

"From a Different Angle" ©Jorge Blanco 2021 Private commission. Photo courtesy of the collectors. 61 1/4 x 60 x 51 3/8 in • 155.5 x 152.4 x 130.5 cm Aluminum + powder-coating
From a Different Angle

"From a Different Angle" ©Jorge Blanco 2021

Private commission. Photo courtesy of the collectors.

61 1/4 x 60 x 51 3/8 in • 155.5 x 152.4 x 130.5 cm

Aluminum + powder-coating

Jorge's work "From a Different Angle" is a special commission installed this winter at an outstanding house, designed by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen and lovingly restored by its present owners, located in Maryland, United States. This unique sculpture was commissioned through Sculpturesite Gallery of Sonoma, California. This sculpture was a close collaboration between the artist, the gallery and its client resulting in an exceptional work of art.

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