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Urban Art Trail in FAT Village

Art of Community: The Engagement Challenge Fund

From "Porn nails and mockingbirds in FAT Village" by Phillip Valys

Starting in June, evidence of a giant orange mockingbird will appear all over Fort Lauderdale's Flagler Village neighborhood. Bird tracks in cement stepping stones at Peter Feldman Park. A cracked-open eggshell the size of
a Smart Car in the parking lot of the Girls' Club Collection gallery. A stray tangerine feather near Fort Lauderdale
City Hall.

A series of public-art sculptures created by Valeria Yamamoto, the Mockingbird Trail will weave through a two-mile downtown path to encourage visitors to roam FAT Village by foot in search of the elusive Florida state bird.
"It'll be like Fort Lauderdale's Loch Ness Monster," says Yamamoto, the Argentinean-Japanese sculptor whose project promotes walkable paths and quality of life in the city.

The "exploration-themed urban art trail," as she calls it, is the focus of "Mockingbird Trail Takes Flight," a fundraiser Saturday, May 30, at the landscape architecture design firm Cadence (435 N. Andrews Ave.). The FAT Village firm, which partnered with Girls' Club Collection and Flagler Garden to organize the project, will host a Chinese auction from 6 to 10 p.m., raffling off gift certificates to Stranahan House, Argyle Coffee Roasters, the Museum of Discovery and Science and other venues. Proceeds will match funds from Mockingbird Trail's $20,000 Community Foundation of Broward's Art of Community grant won in 2014.....More from

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