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Featured Work

The Giant Leap

 - Sue Thompson
Sculpture (EXTERIOR)


Winter Garden Village Shopping Center

About the Artwork

A little boy stands high upon a citrus crate and considers jumping down. This sculpture is one of a series of nine sculptures of children interacting with citrus crates, symbolizing the historic presence of the citrus industry in the everyday life of the people of Winter Garden.

About the Artist

Sue Thompson
Winter Garden sculptor, painter and photographer Sue Thompson was born in Orlando, Florida in 1952. She graduated in 1974 from Valencia Community College and in 1977 from the University of Central Florida. Her passion for art and curiosity of other cultures has taken her all over the world. Thompson is best known for her nostalgic, historic and realist representations. Her works are in many private and public art collections and she has had solo exhibitions at the Winter Garden Heritage Museum, The University of Central Florida, and Valencia Community College. Thompson has also received numerous honors of distinction including: Congressional Certificate of Recognition and National Women In Art Museum Archives in Washington, DC; a Mayoral Proclamation Honoring Outstanding Citizens; Certificate of Recognition from the Winter Garden Heritage Museum; Outstanding Young Woman of America; Certificate of Recognition and Special Advisor for Cultural Affairs, State of Florida; an honorary degree from International Burckhart Adademie; and Cultural Ambassador to the Huichole Indians, Ajijic, Mexico. Thompson recognizes the following artistic and advisory team who collaborated in the process of creating the Winter Garden Village series: Nancy Krug, Scott Donahue, Erick Villanueva, Shawn Harrison, Charles Thompson, Mark Johnson, Wayne Thompson, Bruce Miller, Delbert Peavey, Derrick Peavey, Alex McCollouch, Davin Ahern, and Dewayne Hardy.



Did you know?

Ed Carpenter's "Tower of Light" in front of City Hall is used as an outstanding example of modern glass art by some art professors.

Discover Art in Central Florida!

For those who have eyes to see, there are hundreds of works of art around them. This web site provides some information on many of those works of art that can be regularly viewed in Orange County by any member of the public without an admission fee. They are outside in public view, or located in an interior area that is normally open to the public.

Look around this web site and find something that interests you. Then go see it in person. The information you find here will add to the pleasure of exploring public art in Central Florida.

If, in your travels around Orange County, you come across some public art that is not listed here, please let us know so we can add it. If you are aware of additional information about art or artist that is included here, again, please let us know. Together we can make this an incredible resource for people seeking to spice up their life through exploring art.