Seminole Heights Street Art Trail
South Seminole Heights has always been a haven for artists. For many years Tempus Projects called South Seminole Heights home before moving to Ybor Heights in 2019. Our own local legend, John Moll, owns many properties, but the one he and his wife Patricia call home has many works of art in the yard, which often changes and evolves as the couples collections grows.
The South Seminole Heights Civic Association Board has embraced the culture and in 2017 installed the first street mural ever created in Tampa. The idea being the brainchild of former board member Carla Gormon, former SSHCA President Donna Stark and former City Councilman Mike Suarez. Shortly after the Heights Unites Music & Arts Festival was started by the association and in 2019 the first ever neighborhood art trail was created within the boundaries of South Seminole Heights.
The Seminole Heights Art Trail features local artists who have contributed their time and effort to improve the aesthetics of our community through their art. Examples of such installations include murals, paintings, sculptures and more! The art trail is anchored with the aforementioned street mural by Rivercrest Park, but stretches outward along North Boulevard and North River Boulevard where 4 local artists were selected to repurpose stormwater inlets with bright, vibrant paintings! Their efforts led to the South Seminole Heights Civic Association receiving a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to expand the street art trail with 10-12 more installations in 2020.
Seminole Heights Art Trail Installations
Installation: July 15, 2017
Location: North River Blvd and West Louisiana Ave
Sponsored by: Hillsborough County Neighborhoods
Artist: Catherine Thomas
About: The mandala design for the street mural was chosen by residents from a pool of artist who had submitted designs for consideration. Catherine Thomas, the local artist who made the winning design says “the mural was designed to represent the beauty and vibrancy of the Seminole Heights community… Since this is a community project, I felt as though a mandala would be a great symbol of bringing the community together to create something beautiful that everyone will be able to enjoy, while also learning something along the way.”
Installation: June 22, 2019
Sponsored by: Brew Bus Brewing
Artist: Samira Pinto
About: This painting was created to represent the importance of Oneness in the world. Here, a chameleon arises from the plants; however, he also dissipates right back into them. This transition takes place within a mandala, which is a symbol that has been long used in history as a metaphoric interpretation of the Universe. Therefore the balance and center of the union between beings and plants/ mother Earth, is one and the same. When we look deep inside, we find that we are completely interconnected to one another and to our amazing planet. Please, respect all life forms so that we can try to preserve life on Earth, as we know it. Because, where we come from, we also return…