A temporary, international public art initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine, Obelisk Art 450 (OA450) pays tribute to the 450th anniversary of the nation’s oldest city in 2015 and promote a legacy of compassion.
Twenty-Five renowned artists who exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally had been selected to create an artwork on the blank canvas of an 8.5-foot tall obelisk replica of the Monumento a la Constitución on the St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion. Each artist had their own obelisk to work with that will eventually be placed on a historic site within downtown St. Augustine.
Artists were encouraged to imaginatively interpret the sites’ story-lines and the four foundational values to the monument originally dedicated in 1813: Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and Compassion.
“With my contribution, titled ‘Manus’, I invite the viewer to reconsider the form and intent of the original obelisk through the scale, physicality and location of this piece. The cradling hand is simultaneously reflective of an offering, a gift of security, safety and ultimately, control.
That which we hold in the palm of our hand can have monumental consequences.”