Tampa Bay artists wanted to paint life-size mermaid statues in Hernando County

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WEEKI WACHEE, Fla. (WFLA) – Weeki Wachee Springs is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a public art project called Destination Mermaids: The Tail Trail.

The public art project is a partnership between Florida’s Adventure Coast Visitors Bureau, Brooksville Main Street, and the Hernando County Fine Arts Council.

Artists from the Tampa Bay area are encouraged to apply to paint the 30 life-size mermaid statues that will be placed throughout Hernando County as part of the project.

A cast of the face of a well-known Weeki Wachee mermaid is used to enhance the authenticity of the statues.

“I was a Weeki Wachee mermaid for seven years, so to be chosen is really very special. They always say, “Once a mermaid, always a mermaid”. I have a statue around me forever, so it gives me a real sense of it,” said Kristy Lowman.

Artists must submit designs to show how the fiberglass statues will be painted. They are six feet tall and weigh about 80 pounds.

Solvent based paint must be used by the selected artists.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to show their creative side. It’s a real legacy project for them to be a part of. I think every artist who thinks about it does it!” Lowmann said.

The application deadline for this art project is May 31 and submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on that day. All application details can be found on the Florida Mermaid Trail website.

Selected artists will receive $1,000 and the unveiling is scheduled for October 13 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

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