ROSEMARY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - Two years ago Rosemary Beach’s Tom Kramer had an idea.
“My wife and I were on vacation in France and saw something that looked very much like something we could do here,” said Kramer.
And that something was sculptures.
“We have 12 different sculptures here, and it really works well here in Rosemary Beach with all the green spaces [and] neighborhood parks," said Kramer. "And the sculptures also complement the architecture of Rosemary Beach.”
Kramer is part of the Townscape Enhancement Committee in Rosemary Beach.
“We feel really good. We’ve gotten a lot of good comments about it,” said Kramer.
And that includes the sculptors who’ve put their work on display in the small community.
“The artists in particular that were here when they installed their sculptures really thought this was a great venue for a sculpture exhibition,” said Kramer.
Kramer says variety was the key to the different works they brought in.
“There’s no particular theme other than things we thought would fit well in Rosemary Beach,” said Kramer.
Sculptures that fit well include a $13,000 piece of work entitled “Sea Beast,” an $8,000 green work of art known as “Pity the Monsters,” a nearly $16,000 stainless steel eye-catcher simply known as "Votive," and last, but not least, the crown jewel of the exhibition, a priceless three-sided piece created in 2008 by the famed artist George Rodrigue known as “Colors of my Mind.”
“It is beautiful," said Kramer referring to the latter piece. "And as you can see, even as we’re standing here people walk by a take pictures. It’s gotten a lot of people come and take a look at it.”
It’s reported the paint used on this sculpture costs $5,000 a gallon, and it changes color in different sunlight.
“This one we hope to keep here,” said Kramer.
The remaining pieces are on loan, something that may disappoint residents and visitors alike of Rosemary Beach.
“We’ve already had many people say, ‘Wow, what are you going to do next?’”
The sculpture exhibition is free and open to the public. Catalogs can be picked up from most merchants in Rosemary Beach. It runs through October 7th.