FRANTASTIC THE MERMAID - Created by Steve Krou and Diane Liptak to depict Fran Baird a long time resident of Hernando Beach. This is a private mural that can be seen only by boat.
When Hernando Beach finally got a real fire department with Advanced Life Support, our community wanted to welcome the Hernando County Fire Fighters to Station 6. Steve Krou, Diane Liptak, and Dan Garrett hoped to make them feel welcome in our community. Together, along with donations and contributions from our community, they begin to paint the fire house doors to give color and hope to Hernando Beach.
Created by Steve Krou, Diane Liptak and Dan Garrett, this mural represented the &quot;Water Tower Fire&quot; at Weeki Wachee Preserve. In April 2017 Lightning struck causing an underground fire that destroyed thousands of acres of the preserve.
EAGLE - Located at Hernando County Fire Station 6, 3451 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, FL 34607
This was created to represent the many eagles throughout Hernando Beach.
Created by Steve Krou, Diane Liptak, & Dan Garrett. The firehouse doors were pained in 2017 to welcome our new ALS Hernando County Fire Rescue to our community.
MERMAID - Located at Hernando County Fire Station 6, 3451 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, FL 34607
A history lesson on the Dolphin Fountain from Richard Maass, who was a friend of the late Ken Edwards. It turns out Ken Edwards was a great artist who Richard worked with to design the Dolphin Fountain especially for Hernando Beach. They were actually named Larry, Curly, and Moe. The following is the story Richard Maass conveyed. This piece of history was worth sharing and I hope we can find a way to preserve this in the history of Hernando Beach.
In Richard's words: Just to let you know their names are Moe, Larry, and Curley. I put many hours in on this sculpture with the Artist Ken Edwards, who was my mentor for years. Ken died suddenly right after delivering them at his studio in Weeki Wachee. His son Mark and I finished the birds and mangroves, and many other area metal sculptors came to help with the installation. Larry Whidden, Bill Briggs, Ron Lemoine, Kevin Jenkins, and myself were all influenced by Ken and we all loved and respected him. We called the piece among ourselves as "The Healing". There is a plaque on the piece that has a phone number of Ken Edward's son Mark to contact for maintenance. Ken Also did the Eagle in front of Glen Lakes, and the sphere in front of Pinebrook Hospital. among many of his works on display in public places throughout America. He was also the artist behind The Farm Aide sculpture tribute to the American Farmer....This is truly a treasure to the community. When we finished it, they refused to pay because they claimed the contract was with Ken Edwards. We finished the piece out of love for our dear friend. Ken was a great man, and an award winning artist. He received his Masters in Fine Art from the University of Florida and had quite a resume. His studio is on 20 acres north of weeki wachee and has pretty much been left alone as it was when he passed away. Maybe in death he could get the recognition he has earned in the art world....His son Mark and daughter Jessie still live in Pasco County and have many of his wonderful works and paintings....Not many knew the story. Ken wanted the community to have this. He was so proud to see art in a place that he moved to after being an artist in residence for the City of Tarpon Springs. He said this was a cultural wasteland when he got here, and now it is chock full of treasures....Like I said, he delivered the dolphins, came back to the studio and called his daughter to tell her he loved her, and grabbed his chest. Just like that, he was gone. I met the ambulance at Oak hill and the medics were doing CPR, but I knew he was gone. The doc looked at me asked what he should do. I let him know that this guy was one bad ass member of the 101st Airborne Army Rangers and if he wanted to go, it was up to him. He chose to go with his dignity intact..Just to let you know, no one I know had anything to do with that tile on the sign. It has clashed with the sculpture since day one. If that fell down, I know of some artists that would love to do something cool...that would accent the dolphins. We wanted to do a sunset mural with copper letters "Hernando Beach - Nature Coast" , but they opted for ceramic tile. Oh well.. WHAT DO YOU THINK HERNANDO BEACH AND HERNANDO COUNTY? Isn't this an interesting piece of history that most of us have never heard? Thank you Richard Maass for sharing this with our community and our county.
Look for these photo opportunities at the Tropical Grill behind the Hernando Beach Marina. Painted by Steve Krou and located at 4139 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, FL 34607