“TIFF” the loggerhead turtle inspired by Art-Nouveau American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, was dedicated on Tuesday, October 23, 5:00 pm as part of the on-going community public sculpture project the Palm Coast Arts Foundation launched in May. The dedication took place at 5:00 pm at the Long Creek Nature Preserve, 1050 Palm Harbor Parkway.
Sponsors Beth and Fred Allen and Terri and Rafael Medina are thrilled to participate in this unique project. Ormond Beach artist, Ron Lace was chosen for the project because of his ability to paint with the look of “stained glass” as was Tiffany’s claim to fame. Both sponsors Allen and Medina were happy to donate this sculpture to the City of Palm Coast so that many can enjoy. The placement of “TIFF” will allow the public to view him from the canal and the nature preserve walking path.
Artist Ron Lace stated, “designing and painting “TIFF” was an exciting and challenging experience and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with the staff at PCAF and the sponsors to promote this educational and inspirational project. Louis Comfort Tiffany was an amazingly creative and talented artist, so I was thrilled when his work was to be the theme for my contribution to the Turtle Trail. My inspiration came from the beautiful egrets and herons that are so prevalent in our area and my design idea was to use this subject, along with the turtle, to create both a mosaic and stained-glass effect that characterized the work of Tiffany. It is my hope that I have been successful in at least a small measure.”