The city is teaming up with the Pensacola Museum of Art and the Arts Council of Northwest Florida to amp up Pensacola's public art offerings.
Artist Peter King--who, along with Xinia Marin, created the memorial in downtown Pensacola at the intersection of Garden and Palafox Streets dedicated to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001--was a public-art trailblazer when he erected his 12-foot, 10,000-pound arch, called "9-11 Homage to America" in 2005.
The second work to hit downtown? Rep. Holly Benson has donated a metal sculpture called "Muscle Beach" which will be on display in Bartram Park. The work is in honor of the late Cooper Yates, an influential advertising consultant who was active in the arts community. The piece is valued at $10,000.
The PMA and Arts Council plan to meet this afternoon to discuss their initiative of more public art offerings to dot Pensacola's ever-changing landscape.