Coastal creations: SPI debuts more Sea Turtle Art Trail sculptures

Courtesy: Dianna Harvill, SPI Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Turtle: Courtesy photo/Dianna Harvill, SPI Chamber of Commerce

Turtle Water Tower: Courtesy photo/SPI Convention and Visitors Bureau

Visitors Center: Courtesy photo/SPI Convention and Visitors Bureau

South Padre Island residents and visitors are going to spot more artwork during their explorations around the area.

The City of South Padre Island “hatched” the fifth sea turtle in its Sea Turtle Art Trail at the Island’s Chamber of Commerce.

Designed with many colorful roses, the addition was created by Cecilia Garza, a South Texas native.

“Her design is focused on creating a sense of relaxation and appreciation for the beauty all around, a literal call to take a break from negativity and embrace something lovely,” SPI Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Ed Caum said.

The fourth installment of the Sea Turtle Art Trail debuted on Aug. 25 at Sea Turtle, Inc.

SPI CVB personnel stated that this hatching is a unique one for Sea Turtle, Inc., since the organization often releases sea turtle hatchlings from mid-June to early August.

The turtle sculpture is named “La Sirena” and was created by local artist Beth Fedigan.

The sculpture features a mermaid that was inspired by an image from “loteria,” which is a Mexican bingo game. On the base of the sculpture, a variety of sea life designs can be found, such as jellyfish, sand dollars and starfish.

SPI CVB personnel stated that Fedigan’s rendition is a more contemporary and brightly colored mermaid who is tenderly holding a baby turtle, in honor of the volunteers at Sea Turtle, Inc.

According to Fedigan’s Sea Turtle Art Trail artist profile, she has painted tropical scenes and sea life for more than 30 years. Fish and sea turtles are often the subject of her paintings.

“Having a sea turtle as my substrate has turned it around in another direction. I see life in color, and the subjects of my art reflect this,” her profile states. “I enjoy watching the faces of those who see my work, especially if it brings a smile to their faces.”

Fedigan and her daughter, Chelsea, painted an 11-foot-tall turtle located near the entrance of Beach Park. It’s the largest turtle in the art trail and debuted on Aug. 18.

Other previously debuted artwork include — Andy Hancock’s mesquite sea turtle carving that’s located at the Sea Ranch Restaurant and a fiberglass sea turtle that was painted by Christina Salazar. Her turtle is located at the city’s Multimodal Center.

Another artist involved with the art trail is Ariel Powell King, who’s turtle will debut later this month.

For more information about the Sea Turtle Art Trail, visit www.sopadre.com.