Orlando beautifying downtown with new sculptures

City officials have commissioned a $1.5 million project to design and build several large artistic sculptures around downtown Orlando, including four along Lake Eola, according to WFTV. A more aesthetically-beautiful downtown area sprinkled with additional culture could boost the demand for homes for sale in Orlando.

The newly formed group See Art Orlando is spreading the funds from the budget among nine different sculptures, all within a 2-mile radius of City Hall. The funds were all donated by private investors.

"We're going to be extremely selective about this because these are permanent pieces of art," Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel. "They're not coming down in six months. We want them to be iconic, quality pieces."

The group has issued a widespread call to artists, seeking design submissions and ideas from sculptors around the world. Assuming the project stays on schedule, the pieces of art should be fully erected and in place by next summer. According to the Orlando Sentinel, public art, especially in the downtown area, remains scarce in the city. While several temporary installations have been put in place over the years, the city has had mixed experiences with permanent pieces.