By Agrippina Fadel
The sculpture that offended the municipal order of Tamarac was replaced by another piece by the same artist.
Joni Younkins-Herzog’s “Dancing Bliss” sparked heated discussion at the January 26 committee meeting. Part of the next “Path of Inspiration” exhibited outdoors, the sculpture was one of twelve works of art chosen by the Tamarac Art Committee for display in 2022 at Nob Hill Road between Commercial Boulevard and McNab Road.
At the meeting, curator Debra Placko said she found a 7.5-foot-tall steel sculpture of multiple legs captured in an “inappropriate” dance moment.
“It shows the body parts of women. I don’t want to see it anywhere,” Placko said, adding that to her the sculpture looked like “a woman’s ass with legs sticking out.” Other commission members supported the objection, and the city’s public art consultants, Beth Ravitz and George Gadson, were tasked with finding a replacement for “Dancing Bliss”.
At the February 9 meeting, Gadson presented the “Dragon Flower”, a steel sculpture 4.9 feet high and 7 feet long. Commission members agreed to accept the new piece in a record-breaking short discussion, prompting Mayor Michelle Gomez to say, “I think this is the fastest consensus we’ve ever found on art. .”
According to the artist’s commentary, “Dragon Flower” is inspired by the organic growth of plants and “the architecture of form and function based on the pursuit of the sun”. The piece resembles a “Fibonacci spiral in a common fern leaf” that becomes a dragon with a flower head as it seeks light.
The installation of the “Inspiration Way” sculptures is scheduled for March 1-3, with a tentative date for the inauguration in April.
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Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has resided in the United States for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.