PHOTOS: 600 pinwheels placed in Curtis Hixon Park

The city of Tampa is a work of art in its own right, but we’re always overjoyed to see installations abound in our favorite public parks. The F.E. Lykes Foundation just added a stunning bit of art in one of our area’s most stunning parks.

600 bright pink pinwheels were installed around the fountains at Curtis Hixon Park.


“Since we are missing time in our beautiful parks, at least we can visually enjoy these brightly colored pinwheels. The little things matter.” said Norma Gene Lykes, President of the F. E. Lykes Foundation.

The installation was made possible by the City of TampaCity of Tampa Parks and Recreation Facilities, the City of Tampa Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the Tampa’s Downtown Partnership.

The F. E. Lykes Foundation (the former Frederick E. & Velma Lykes Foundation) was established in 1974 as an independent family foundation focused on charitable giving primarily in the Tampa Bay area. 

The current focus of the Foundation is to enhance public spaces and community environments. Staying true to that mission, the Foundation has concentrated on several city parks to provide more seating, shade trees, landscaping, recreational and entertainment options. Additional areas of support have included public art projects, neighborhood improvements, and selected City of Tampa Parks & Recreationprograms.


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