The Gasparilla Project
Gasparilla Season in Tampa Bay is an annual celebration centered around the mythical pirate Jose Gaspar. Kicking off with the Gasparilla Children’s Parade and followed by the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, it spans several weeks of festivities. The highlight is the Invasion, where a fully-rigged pirate ship, the Jose Gasparilla, “invades” Tampa Bay, unleashing a lively flotilla.
The event culminates in a vibrant parade along Bayshore Boulevard, featuring pirate-themed floats, marching bands, and the flamboyant and costumed “Krewe” participants. Revelers don pirate attire, creating a festive and communal atmosphere throughout the city. Gasparilla Season captures the spirit of Tampa’s maritime history, blending swashbuckling revelry with community engagement, making it one of Florida’s most iconic and beloved traditions.
45 x 34 inch Mixed Media Wall Hanging
Reviving Pirate Legends: Abstract Totems in Art
“The Gasparilla Project” breathes new life into pirate lore through abstract totems and sculptures. Crafted from repurposed items found post-parade, each piece pays homage to Tampa Bay’s iconic Gasparilla celebration.
A Fusion of Found Objects and Creative Expression
In this collection, artists meld repurposed materials with boundless creativity to evoke the spirit of Gasparilla. Copper, resin, and reclaimed items converge to create captivating sculptures and canvases, each telling its own tale of adventure and revelry.
Transitioning from Festivity to Artistry: A Transformation
From the chaos of celebration emerges a transcendent narrative, woven through the collection’s diverse mediums. Sculptures stand tall as guardians of tradition, while canvases capture fleeting moments of joy and intrigue.
Inviting Exploration: Discovering Hidden Treasures
Viewers are encouraged to explore the intricate details of each piece, uncovering hidden treasures amidst the chaos. Through art, “The Gasparilla Project” invites reflection on the intersection of tradition, creativity, and community.
Sailing Towards Artistic Horizons: A Celebration Continues
As Gasparilla’s legacy endures, so too does the artistic journey of “The Gasparilla Project.” It stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of Tampa Bay’s vibrant culture, inviting all to join in the celebration through art.
42 x 24 20 inch Mixed Media Restored Vintage Trunk
The shoggoth and steam punk influence is strong with me. I have not yet completed this piece but it is mostly done.