by: Angelene Davis
Multimedia Associate, City of Palm Coast
The word Chuluota has several meanings: “island of pines”, or “island of pines”, or “land of lakes and pines” or “beautiful place”, depending on who you ask. The pronunciation is derived from the Creek Indian word “Chuluoto”. Here at City Hall, Chuluota is the name given to a piece of public art donated by a local mixed media artist named Ron Wallace.
Palm Coast resident Ron Wallace is an award-winning artist who primarily uses organic materials in all of his work. He is inspired by nature and above all, sea creatures.
“My art work is something that gives me a place to go and focus on nothing but what I’m working on at the time,” he said. East Coast and all over the world. These years have left a big impression on the sights and creatures I have seen, and I am trying to create my vision of them.
Chuluota the eagle is a combination of welded steel, palm parts, epoxy, paint and glue. It sits on a natural driftwood plinth found in the Palm Coast canals. This sculpture took about three weeks.
Chuluota is currently located in the hallway of the City Hall building outside of the Community Development Department. Visitors are welcome during normal office hours. You can find more of his collection at Ron Wallace Studios or at local art shows. His next exhibit will be on view at the 11th Annual Old Town Art Show in downtown St. Augustine at Francis Field April 9-10.
To learn more about public art in the city, visit palmcoastgov.com/artsdistrict.