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The lyra performer depicted in this painting brings to life an enchanting aspect of Sarasota County's cultural heritage. Known for its rich circus history, Sarasota has long been the winter home of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, imparting a unique flair to the local arts scene. The performer, gracefully poised within the confines of a lyra (aerial hoop), embodies the elegance and physical prowess that are hallmarks of the circus arts. With her arm extended and body poised in mid-flight, she seems to encapsulate the ethereal quality of circus performance, bridging the gap between physical limits and artistic expression. The vibrant colors and dynamic pose capture the viewer's imagination, paying homage to the storied tradition of circus entertainment that has greatly influenced Sarasota County's artistic and cultural landscape.

The artist’s choice of subject and vivid representation speaks volumes about the enduring legacy of circus arts in Sarasota. The performer’s floating dress and outstretched limbs illustrate the timeless allure of aerial artistry, a craft that has been meticulously cultivated and celebrated within Sarasota since John and Mable Ringling established their winter headquarters in the area in the early 20th century. This painting not only serves as a reminder of the past but also invites reflection on the continuity of artistic excellence and innovation in the community. By memorializing such an iconic component of Sarasota's history, the artwork enriches the county’s cultural tapestry, ensuring that the contributions of circus arts remain an integral part of the local identity.

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City of Sarasota

The Avenue of Art is supported in part by the City of Sarasota. With an abundance of public art, the City's Public Art Program facilitates the creation and exhibition of a wide variety of publicly and privately initiated art works through commissions, acquisitions, donations, and loans governed by Zoning Code requirements for new development applicable city wide.