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January 10, 2020

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MEDIA ADVISORY: President Galvano to Host Special Recognition Ceremony

Tallahassee —

Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) will host a special recognition ceremony on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. to unveil new artwork outside of the public entrance to the Senate Gallery. The new artwork, completed by artist Barry Miller of Rose Boulevard Design in Tallahassee, replaces the “Five Flags Mural,” which was removed and preserved as part of the 2016 Senate Chamber Renovation.

“With this area being the face of the Florida Senate to many visitors and one of the most visited areas of the Capitol, it was my goal during my term as Senate President to commission a timeless, unifying, and welcoming piece of art for this important space,” said President Galvano.

Special Recognition Ceremony

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: 5th Floor Public Entrance to the Senate Gallery

The Capitol, 404 South Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida

Artist Barry Miller specializes in high end furniture, historic architectural wood preservation, and custom wood artwork. Examples of Mr. Miller’s artwork can be found at the Tallahassee International Airport, the Wakulla Springs Lodge, and local restaurants. He has completed specialized historic preservation on the award-winning restoration of the St. Marks Lighthouse, Historic Jefferson County High School, Monticello City Hall, and a number of small historical buildings in the surrounding areas.

The original Five Flags Mural was commissioned by the Senate in 1978, completed by artist Renee Faure in 1979, and rested at the public entrance of the Senate gallery for nearly 40 years. The extensive renovation of the Senate Chamber in 2016 necessitated the removal of the Five Flags Mural, which was carefully detached from the wall and preserved. The mural is now on display at the historic First National Bank in downtown Perry, Florida, where it continues to serve as an educational tool, depicting various scenes and figures in our Florida history for patrons and visitors.