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Tower of Light

 - Ed Carpenter
Sculpture (EXTERIOR)


Orlando City Hall Plaza

About the Artwork

An illuminated 60' high stainless steel and laminated imported opal glass memorial at the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida. Placed in front of the City Hall and at the centerline of Orange Avenue, the tower celebrates physically and metaphorically the intersection of private and public interests in Orlando, and is a symbol for the aspirations of the community. Prior to recent development, visitors could see the tower from several blocks away as they drove down Orange Avenue towards City Hall.

About the Artist

Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter studied architectural glass art under artists in England and Germany during the early 1970's, and now lives with his wife and two children in the Coast Range mountains west of Portland, Oregon. His work specializes in large-scale public installations ranging from architectural sculpture to infrastructure design. Since 1973 he has completed scores of projects for public, corporate, and ecclesiastical clients. While an interest in light has been fundamental to virtually all of Carpenter's work, he also embraces commissions which require new approaches and skills. This openness has led to increasing variety in his commissions and a wide range of sites and materials. He is known as an eager and open-minded collaborator as well as technical innovator. His use of cold bent tempered glass, encapsulated glass elements, programmed artificial lighting, and unusual tension structures has broken new ground in architectural art.



Did you know?

Tuan Nguyen, the sculptor of seven figurative sculptures at the Plaza at Orange and Church Street was once a prisoner in a Vietnamese concentration camp.

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.