Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Obelisk Art 450 and Amiro Galleries

Obelisk Art 450 is an international public art exhibition interpreting compassion in St. Augustine, Florida, the Nation's Oldest City.

According to the Obelisk 450 Website 

"A temporary, international public art initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine, Obelisk Art 450 (OA450) seeks to pay tribute to the 450th anniversary of the nation’s oldest city in 2015 and promote a legacy of compassion.

Up to 25 renowned artists who exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally will be selected to create an artwork on the blank canvas of an 8.5-foot tall obelisk replica of the Monumento a la ConstituciĆ³n on the St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion.  Each artist will have their own obelisk to work with that will be placed on a historic site within downtown St. Augustine. 

Artists will be encouraged to imaginatively interpret the sites' storylines and the four foundational values to the monument originally dedicated in 1813: Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and Compassion.

Collectively, the obelisks and their markers will create a "Tour of Compassion" for a projected 3.5 million viewers during the exhibit.

St. Augustine and her sister city - Aviles, Spain - are the first Compassionate Sister Cities in the world. Initially, Compassionate St. Augustine developed Obelisk Art 450, a privately funded project, to foster a legacy of compassion as a tribute the Ancient City's anniversary in 2015. 

Aviles’ mayor and city council have initiated a temporary obelisk art exhibit in conjunction with ours, to celebrate the two sister cities' remarkable shared history. Together, the two public art projects will create a unique international bridge spanning more than four centuries that inspires the values of democracy, freedom, human rights, and compassion for future generations."

Please visit the Obelisk Art 450 Website here

5 Obelisk Artists at Amiro Art + Design


We are delighted to currently have five of the artists involved in this important project displaying their artwork at Amiro Art + Design.

Pablo Hugo Rozada Vena 

Pablo is a recognized alumni of the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Architecture, in the Sculpture Department of the School of Art in Asturias. During the last three years he has taught "Reproduction of Molds and Handmade Ceramic Pieces" for the Cultural Factory of Aviles. Rozada is also a Potter-Ceramist at the Museum and Municipal School of Ceramics in Aviles, where he lectures. Until October 2005, he worked in an art bronze foundry.

Pablo at work at Amiro Art & Design

Wendy Mandel McDaniel  


Wendy is a self-taught artist and uses found objects, ceramic, glass, stone, metal and wood to convey a story, create beauty, to engage the viewer and take them to their own personal place. She has collaborated on several public art projects in Northeast Florida.

Wendy Mandel McDaniel - 'Tribute to Tibby'

Jan Tomlinson Master

Jan is an artist, educator and gallery owner living in St. Augustine, Florida, whose art practice centers on public art and site-specific installations. Master, as the highest scoring St. Augustine artist, was selected by Compassionate St. Augustine to participate in the Aviles, Spain public art project commemorating St. Augustine's 450th in April 2015.

Jan Tomlinson Master in Aviles, Spain

Donald Martin


Don is a professor of art at Flagler College since 1980, is a multi-media artist with completed public art projects located throughout Florida, including at the Bacardi Corporation, Flagler College, and Jacksonville International Airport. While Martin’s personal work deals primarily with nature, he is enthusiastic about taking on the themes of freedom, democracy, human rights and compassion.

Don Martin - Egg #1, Linoleum Block.

Xavier 'Javi' Brunet

Brunet, hails originally from Barcelona, but moved to New York where he lived for 20 years.  In 2008 Javi and his love, artist Heather Blanton moved to Vilano Beach.  Javi takes found objects and with them creates illuminated sculptures and furniture.


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