Fairgrounds St. Pete Project
The Bait Ball, Installation
The Bait Ball is a multi-media immersive kinetic sculptural installation. Taking its inspiration from schools of fish and human mosh pits, The Bait Ball explores the exquisite beauty and wonder of the real Florida landscape that is all around us – above our heads, and below our feet. The Bait Ball places viewers in a fantastical undersea experience that celebrates the power and beauty of one of the lynchpins of Florida’s aquatic ecosystem – the lowly mullet.
For this project, Devon Brady teamed up with collaborators Janine Awai, Phil Roach, William Glenn, Stephen Lindsey, Eliane Suding, and Zackery Sladden to create a completely immersive experience.
Devon Brady, is a Tampa native and graduate of the University of South Florida’s School of Art and Art History. Beginning his creative life as a drummer in Tampa’s 1980’s punk scene. Devon is a skilled sculptor, designer, and fabricator, having built everything from houses to race cars and most things in between. In 2003, Devon became a Florida state-certified firefighter and paramedic. He is now a Company Fire Captain with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue where he has been for the last twenty years. As a founding member of Experimental Skeleton, LiveWork Studios, and Crab Devil, Devon has remained engaged in creative production for most of his working life. Devon’s design work can be seen in restaurants, bars, and breweries throughout the Tampa Bay area, and his permanent sculptural installations can be seen at The Music Box Village in New Orleans in addition to Fairgrounds, St. Pete. Having worn the various hats of artist, musician, paramedic, and firefighter, Devon is now focusing more on his own creative endeavors – producing a written chronicle of his fire service career while continuing to work on large-scale sculptural environments and functional design work.