St Armand’s Original Statues – Sarasota Public Art

Thanks to John Ringling’s vision in the 1920’s and the more recent passion of community groups such as Save Our Statues, we are fortunate to have a lovely display of public art throughout St. Armand’s Circle.

80-90 years after the gift of these statues, it is difficult to find documentation as to exactly which statues where donated to the circle by John Ringling. Some statues have been moved and others are missing, but by combining the application for historic registry and the loan records from The Ringling Museum, the statues below are likely the remaining pieces on St. Armand’s Circle that were contributed by John.

Statue Map

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Description

Location

(1) Marzocco
Marzocco, the heraldic lion, is a symbol
of Florence from the late 14th century.
S Adams Drive and
John Ringling Blvd
(2) Dionysus
Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking
and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre
and religious ecstasy.
S Adams Drive and
John Ringling Blvd
(3) Michelangelo
Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet.
1475 – 1564
John Ringling Blvd and
St Armand’s Circle (East Side)
(4) Discobolus
Replica of a Greek sculpture of a youthful ancient
Greek athlete throwing discus, original circa 460–450 BCE.
East side of traffic circle
(5) Venus at her Bath
Roman goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex,
fertility, prosperity and victory.
Madison Drive and
N Blvd of the Presidents
(6) Athena
The Greek goddess of wisdom, handicraft,
and warfare.
Madison Drive and
N Blvd of the Presidents
(7) Marzocco
Marzocco, the heraldic lion, is a symbol of Florence
from the late 14th century.
Arthur Drive and
N Blvd of the Presidents
(8) Standing Putti with Lamb
A putto is a figure in a work of art depicted
as a chubby male child, usually naked and
sometimes winged.
N Adams Drive and
N Blvd of the Presidents
(9) Borghese Warrior
Replica of an Hellenistic sculpture portraying
a swordsman, original created at Ephesus about 100 BCE
West side of traffic circle
(10) Roman General Jackson Drive and
S Blvd of the Presidents
(11) Lady in a Dress Monroe Drive and
S Blvd of the Presidents
(12) Mature Bearded Man
Saturn
Winter 
Monroe Drive and
S Blvd of the Presidents
(13) Standing Children/Putti Monroe Drive and
S Blvd of the Presidents
(14) Prometheus
Greek titan who was bound to a rock.
Everyday an eagle (the symbol of Zeus) was sent to feed on his liver.
Jackson Drive and
S Blvd of the Presidents

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