Acclaimed Colombian Sculptor Chooses Fort Myers for North American Debut

Twenty-three large works in iron are on display downtown.

Inspired by the precision of dancers, this sculpture, titled 10.0, is at the Downtown River Basin.   Earlier this week, under the cover of night, a crew of art installers placed 23 massive, tightly bound objects around downtown Fort Myers—almost like a bunch of pranksters pulling a gag on residents and businesspeople. Needless to say, the phones have been ringing persistently in Mayor Randy Henderson’s office. This morning, the big reveal: They are the works of acclaimed Colombian sculptor Edgardo Carmona, part of a traveling exhibit most recently displayed in Paris. This—yes, Fort Myers, Florida—is Carmona’s first North American exhibition. “It really puts Fort Myers on the map,” said Sharon McAllister, the executive director of ArtFest and one of the key players in setting up the exhibition. She anticipates art aficionados will visit the city to see it. Even better, the works will be showcased during February’s ArtFest, a major show along the Caloosahatchee River that draws some 85,000 attendees each year. Artist Edgardo Carmona discusses his work. Allure sales director Barbara Bengochea-Perez translates. ​Carmona comes to Fort Myers compliments of fellow Colombians Eduardo Caballero and Abel Ramirez of the Miami-based JAXI Builders Inc. The exhibit serves as both a public art gift and a very visible kick-off to the sales of Allure, a 292
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