SeeLife Arts project with dolphin statues returns to Panama City Beach
PANAMA CITY BEACH – Local authorities say public art is an important part of the beach.
At a city council meeting on Thursday, council members decided to move forward with a new SeeLife Arts Project. The program, introduced in 2020, allowed community members and groups to paint 11 marine-themed statues that were installed as decoration throughout the city.
City officials are currently exploring ways to fund this year’s program.
The dolphin sculptures cost $1,450 each and the sea turtle sculptures cost $1,245 each, city officials said. Seahorse sculptures, which cost $690 each, could also be added.
“Adding more life to what we have is fun,” Mayor Mark Sheldon said. “The arts are always a good thing. … I would like to continue (the project).”
The completed statues from the 2020 program, six sea turtles and five dolphins, were unveiled in February 2021.
“It’s a fun project (and the sculptures) are attractive,” PCB spokeswoman Debbie Ingram told the council at the meeting. “They’re brightly colored, they’re fun to look at, they’re playful, and they reinforce our brand of having real beach fun.”
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Ingram said she believes public art not only improves communities, but also promotes cultural tourism and helps a city establish its identity.
She noted that PCB learned in 2020 through its strategic plan and community survey that many residents want to see more art throughout the area. This sparked the SeeLife Arts project.
“It just makes us feel good (and) it gives us a sense of pride in our community,” Ingram said of the public art.
She said residents and groups that participated in the previous project were Nate’s Sanitation Service, Miss Hill’s Art Club at Hutchison Beach Elementary, Fifth Grade Art Club at Breakfast Point Academy, Community Bank, Tyndall Active Airman Association, PCB Fire Station 31, the Sunset Art Club, Michell Jones and Amy Propst, Colleen Green Arts, Beach Art Group, and Helen Ferrell and Cowboy Elite.
Their decorated sculptures have been installed near the Community Bank, Hutchison Beach Elementary, the Panama City Beach Library, Russell-Fields Pier, Veterans Memorial at Pier Park, Frank Brown Park pool, Gayle’s Trails at Frank Brown Park, Fire Station 31, Conservation Park and two at the town hall.