This week a creative new addition was installed along Mount Dora’s Uptown gateway. The eye-catching spider sculpture, inspired by similar versions that began popping up in the western states in the 1970’s, was created by John Henns and installed on commercial property he owns at Highland Street and 3rd Avenue. Not long ago, Henns transformed the commercial building into a modern and streamlined building that improved the aesthetics of the entire block.
Henns, a contractor and owner of Henns Construction, said he had wanted to create the oversized arachnid for years, but finally made it a reality. The towering black sculpture, made of steel and a vintage Volkswagen Beetle, took 3 weeks to create and one day to install.
Henns, a Mount Dora High School graduate and his wife, Christy, are long-time residents of Mount Dora, a city known for its artists, but arguably with a shortage of art in its public places. Henns funded the project on his own, but his intent was to create something for the public to enjoy.
The Highland Street corridor, known as Uptown, has been slowly improving and building a unique vibe of its own. The district is now sprinkled with businesses popular with locals such as Mount Dora Brewing, Mermaid Juice Craft Beer Bar, The Streatery restaurant and Adrenaline Bikeworks.
Henns said in the few days the sculpture has been installed, the response from uptown residents and passersby has been very positive. It’s safe to say, the corner of Highland and Third Avenue may become one of the City’s most interesting corners with eye-catching new artwork to photograph.
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