It's no secret that Florida is home to a plethora of experiences that you'll remember for a lifetime. From the magic of theme parks to zen and inspiring nature views, you can find a little it of it all in The Sunshine State. Even the public parks and spaces have something unique to offer, and this art installation at the St. Pete Pier in Florida transforms into a neon masterpiece after dark.
According to the artist's official website, this sky-high artwork is known as Bending Arc and references Martin Luthar King's words: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
This unique work of art was created by artist Janet Echelman, who has similar pieces scattered all over the world. This one you'll find stretched over a green space on the St. Pete Pier, where you can kick back and relax while enjoying waterfront views.
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As the largest permanent sculpture in St. Pete to date, it's composed of 1,662,528 knots and 180 miles of twine — stretching 424 feet across the pier and measuring 72 feet at its tallest point.
The twine is a flexible medium, which causes the artwork to fluidly move with the wind, casting a series of ever-changing shadows as it dances beneath the hot Florida sun during the day.
But it's at night where this breathtaking artwork truly comes to life. As the sun starts to set, the twine is illuminated with colored lights, transforming the pier's park into a glowing neon wonderland.
This isn't the only artwork to beautify St. Pete's new pier. Other works can be found scattered throughout the 26-acre waterfront park as well.
Aside from all the awesome art, the pier is like a mini-city all its own with so much to see and do.
Enter the past at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, wander the boardwalk soaking up the sights, fish off the dock and take a dip on the beach, or even enjoy a bite to eat at the bars, bistros, and rooftop restaurants.
Whether you go solo or grab your boo for a day date, there's not a dull moment to be had at the new St. Pete Pier.
Bending Arc at New St. Pete Pier
Price: Free to visit, with experiences and things you can purchase while there
Address: 600 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL
Why You Need To Go: The pier is full of things to do from bars and restaurants to museums and even beach views, but this art installation will immerse you into an ethereal world of everchanging shadows during the day before transforming into an enchanting neon wonderland at night.
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