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Mikko Maki, Under the Sun on the EDGE, 2021

Mikko Maki, Under the Sun on the EDGE, 2021


Under the Sun on the EDGE
Written as told to Bethany Maki 

I was inspired to make this image because every time I look at this sculpture from a different direction, I see something more. The way it mirrors the traffic roundabout that it sits in. The way it almost looks like industrial gears. The different tones in the concrete.

The one perspective I didn’t have from all my walks past this art piece was what it looked like from underneath. I spent an hour lying at different angles under the Sun and captured these. Seeing the clouds through the Sun evoked memories of flying through and above the clouds throughout my career in the Marines. It’s a great reminder to appreciate everything in life from all angles.

This sculpture is one of the newest additions to St. Petersburg, Florida’s impressive outdoor art collection. The 30-foot sculpture was designed by Ilan Averbach and pays homage to the EDGE District’s industrial past and sun-filled soul.



Mikko Maki, Between the Rays and Under the Clouds, 2021

Mikko Maki, Between the Rays and Under the Clouds, 2021

Mikko Maki, Through the Sun on the EDGE, 2021

Mikko Maki, Through the Sun on the EDGE, 2021



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Breaking Barriers is a project by USFCAM in collaboration with the USF School of Art and Art History, with Support from the USF Office of Veterans Success, Community Arts Impact Grant Program of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Love IV Lawrence 2020 Waves of Change Grant, and additional support from the ACE Arts for Community Engagement Fund and the Florida Department of State.