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If you were part of the record-setting crowds attending shows at the Palladium last week, you might have seen our new outdoor sculpture. It’s located on our 3rd Street side and is very hard to miss.

The sculpture is called “Soul Survivor” and it is a work by Louisiana artist Russell Whiting. It had been part of the Gulf Coast Museum collection, which was aquired by St. Petersburg College when that museum closed its doors.

I got to pick a sculpture for the Palladium and “Soul Survivor” was my first choice. When I first saw it, it reminded me of two dancers on stage. But after our Cirque des Voix show last weekend, it conjures an image of the  two-man balancing act that mesmerized our audiences.

Whatever it reminds you of, I think you’ll agree it’s a powerful addition to the Palladium site. Thanks for the artist, to the college curator – Christine Renc-Carter – and to arts supporter Bonita Cobb for help in making this happen.

We will be dedicating the scupture at a future date when the artist is in town. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, enjoy the sculpture, which is now surrounded by beautiful landscaping, courtesy of the landscaping crew at SPC.

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