“Lady With a Green Blanket”
Found in Lake Eola Park, downtown Orlando, FL
Maria del Valle, executive director of Art Center South Florida, was quoted in a recent American Way magazine article about the New Face of Miami (new art centers, shows, murals). She said, “Art is a form of creativity, and creativity generates energy, and energy creates hope.”
This really resonated with me, as I also believe that offering art to people makes their lives better in many ways. This is especially true for public art, and outdoor art that is available to all.
So, in early January when we were wandering along the edge of Lake Eola in Orlando, this stunning piece of public art near the outdoor café really jumped out at us. My 5-year-old granddaughter dubbed it “The Lady with a Green Blanket” and I can see why. The reclining ‘lady’ has a very pretty face and her body is covered in growing greenery, which led to questions like, “why is she lying down?” and “why is she covered?” and “what’s she doing with her hands?”
We read the information board and find out it’s called “Muse of Discovery”, by Meg White, Stephensport, KY. It’s made of limestone and earthwork, and was gifted to the City of Orlando by Wayne M. Densch Charities, as part of the See Art Orlando Public Sculpture Program, 2013.
The artist invites the viewer to “ sit in the hand of the Muse and discover your hidden potential as she whispers to you”. I’m sure that would be an interesting experience, but it’s not possible right now, as the grass around the sculpture is resting for winter.
But, still the sculpture put a smile on our faces and got us pondering, so no matter if we couldn’t sit on the hand.