Florida Highwaymen Obelisk – 2009

In the late 1950’s a group of African American artists began to skillfully capture the serene landscapes of their time. The artists painted under shaded backyard trees to escape picking oranges during the Jim Crow segregation era. They traveled Florida’s highways selling their paintings from their cars. They came to be known as the “FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN”.

The Obelisk is an entry feature to the Florida Heritage Trail honoring The Florida Highwaymen. The sculpture interprets selected sections of paintings done by the Highwaymen and their contribution to the visual arts and African American cultural Heritage. The imagery for the bottom portion of the obelisk is done in hand-carved ceramic tile in the style of woodcuts. Each of the sides of the sculpture features different Highwaymen scenes including the car from which they sold their paintings. 

Location: Fort Pierce , Florida.

Media: Hand carved ceramics & ceramic mosaic tile over concrete

Size: 19’ H x 5’W x 5’W

Commissioned: St. Lucie County, Florida

Located: in Fort Pierce at the Ave D & 15th St Roundabout

Budget: $90,000.00

Fabricated by Mosaika Art & Design