PANAMA CITY BEACH — A second wave of personalized sculptures soon will crash across the Beach.
In a City Council meeting last week, local officials approved the SeeLife 2 public arts project, giving select individuals, groups or businesses another chance to decorate marine-themed statues that will be put on display throughout the community next year.
This is the second rendition of the project, which kicked off in 2020 with the decoration of six sea turtle sculptures and five dolphin sculptures that were unveiled at City Hall in February 2021.
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SeeLife 2 will feature five dolphin sculptures and five sea horse sculptures.
“Adding these sculptures adds more beautification to the community we call home,” Mayor Mark Sheldon said in a video on Panama City Beach’s Facebook page. “The project has been so popular that we are excited to continue with SeeLife 2.”
Want to be a SeeLife artist?
According to Panama City Beach’s website, the city is looking for applicants to participate in the program as well as locations throughout the city where the sculptures can be installed next year.
Sculptures will arrive to the Beach in October, and select artists will have 90 days to decorate them. They will then be unveiled at City Hall in February 2023.
Participants in the past SeeLife Program included Panama City Beach Fire Rescue, Miss Hill’s Art Club at Hutchison Beach Elementary School, the Fifth Grade Art Club at Breakfast Point Academy, Nate’s Sanitation Service, the Sunset Club, Colleen Greene Arts, Community Bank, Beach Art Group and the Tyndall Active Airmen Association.
Their sculptures now are on display at Fire Station 31, Hutchison Beach Elementary, Breakfast Point Academy, Frank Brown Park, Gayle’s Trails, Conservation Park, Russell-Fields Pier, Panama City Beach Library, Community Bank, the Panama City Beach Municipal Complex and Aaron Bessant Park.
Artist applications for the SeeLife 2 can be found on the city’s website. Businesses or groups interested in being a location for one of the sculptures can email Debbie Ingram, spokesperson of PCB, at [email protected]
“We are inviting schools, community groups, churches, businesses and others to participate,” the website reads. “All you need to do is submit a proposal with a draft design of a seahorse or dolphin, along with an application.”