This painting of a Seahorse is a closeup of one of four iconic 8ft tall seahorses that stood on the 2nd story promenade of the Lido Casino, like Ancient Greek Caryatid statues looking out to the sea. The Lido Beach Casino’s majestic Art Deco style was blindly white and designed by Ralph Twitchell, considered the dean of what became known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. The Casino was inaugurated in 1940 right before World War II.
The project was part of the Work Projects Administration (WPA), a work program for the unemployed that was created in 1935 under the presidency of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and it was a way to bring work to Sarasota. The Lido Beach Casino, unfortunately, is no longer standing. The complex suffered a lack of upkeep in the early 1960s, losing profits. Even though there were several proposals to restore it, city officials were focused on the funding of the Van Wezel cultural center built in 1968 - 1969 and the Lido Beach Casino was demolished, only the public pool survives. A number of the iconic concrete seahorses designed by Twitchell can be found sprinkled around the city of Sarasota on buildings such as Foundation Park and the William Hartman Gallery on Palm Ave.
Truman Adams is an Artist based in downtown Sarasota, FL. He is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design, and a father of two. Truman is a freelance Artist creating Murals, Portraits, 2D and 3D Street Art, Fine Art, Live Painting, Custom Canvases, Mosaics, and any creative projects needing an artist touch. Truman competed in Dubai Canvas 2017 for $650,000 with 24 other international 3D Street Artists painting the theme Happiness. He created 7 large mosaics outside of Church of the Redeemer in Downtown Sarasota illustrates the birth of Christ and the birth of his son who modeled for the last mosaic,The Presentation. Truman has been featured in the Sarasota Chalk Festival since 2009 becoming friends and working along side some of the greatest and most influential artists in the world. Truman’s first memories are of painting and drawing and he has always known he was an Artist.
"I answered the call and have a had a blast doing the paintings I have done so far, connecting with artist friends I have known for years, local community I have not seen in years, and making no connections with new artists artist appreciators while working outside on the sidewalk."
Truman Adams painted:
the David statue portrait
Sea horse sculpture from the Lido Casino
St Armands Statue
The statue in the Banyan Tree on the Ringling grounds