Tiny Worlds, a Universe of Possibilities
FLORIDARAMA is Fairgrounds St. Pete’s signature installation featuring artist commissioned custom dioramas immersing guests in tiny worlds that offer a universe of possibilities.
FLORIDARAMA is the heart and soul of Fairgrounds St. Pete; it’s the space where our spirit and aesthetic come to life!
What is a Diorama?
A model that depicts a scene in a contained space. In the Fairgrounds world, a diorama is an artist created environment housed in a special laser cut box.
Dioramas provide opportunities to transport viewers to other worlds that tell stories. On a macro level, engaging storytelling is Fairgrounds St. Pete’s key goal and why FLORIDARAMA is a critical feature in our overall exhibition.
What is the FLORIDARAMA Experience?
When guests enter FLORIDARAMA, a universe unlike any other unfolds before them and immerses them completely into a vibrant, playful, engaging and dynamic cosmos.
Each diorama is unique on its own and when featured together as a group, treats guests to a feast of visual and experiential opportunities.
FLORIDARAMA DIORAMAS BY
FAIRGROUNDS ST. PETE ARTISTS
Click on the image, or artist name, below to learn more about
the FLORIDARAMA diorama and artist behind the work!
WHAT ARTISTS SAY ABOUT FLORIDARAMA DIORAMAS
“I love immersive installations and I am very fond of miniatures,
so the medium of a diorama sparked a lot of creativity for me.”
“It was totally in my wheelhouse as I like creating in miniature, I almost always start with a story in my mind when creating art, and I love a good challenge! Also I always relished this kind of assignment, from elementary school and beyond. The one thing I almost always got “A’s” in!”
“It was my first time working in a box. It wasn’t challenging, it was a fun process! I love the idea of bringing “out of the box” thoughts into a box. It’s an interesting process and it inspires me to create more dioramas in the near future.”
“This is the first time I have created a diorama and it has been an interesting process. It has inspired an idea for a new large-scale installation. In some ways, it is a maquette. I would love to see this on a large scale! And I had to adopt some new methods and materials.”
“I primarily work in pen and ink and like to work small, so it was an exciting challenge to scale up my work and present it in a three-dimensional realm while maintaining the integrity of my style. Additionally, I’ve never utilized laser cutting in my art before, so the process of creating this diorama has presented a wonderful opportunity to add a new skill to my repertoire.”
“The constraints of the box inspired me to tell a visual story and depict a scene, as if looking through a camera lens.”
“It made me direct my focus on material and methods that I have never used to create such as laser cutting. I enjoyed the challenge of learning something new.”
“It inspired me to work in more of a 3D realm, something I’ve done in the past but this will be a little different based on the complexity of the design..”
Fairgrounds St. Pete’s signature installation, FLORIDARAMA, features 20+ artists who were charged with immersing guests in tiny worlds that offer a universe of possibilities in the form of bespoke dioramas. The installation, and all Fairgrounds projects, offer a diverse range of voices encouraging guests to engage their imagination through discovery and play.
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