On April 24, 2014, the Edison Ford Estates stated that they have yet another way to explore the arts. It is a new "garden" feature called "Art in the Garden," and it includes outdoor sculptures. This year they also have an additional theme with a new catchy name. The Estates is located in Fort Myers, Fla.
The new theme, starring a reptilian critter, is "Gators in the Garden.” The theme is a fun way to tag the annual "Art in the Garden" outdoor sculpture installation.
Combined efforts by the Lee County Art Educators and Edison Ford result in such projects. Located not too far from Edison Ford is another art-related organization to enjoy called Alliance for the Arts.
The Edison Ford constantly hosts a variety of art exhibits, not only in their gift store, but in and on surrounding areas of the Estates. Another theme pertaining to the arts, hosted by Edison Ford, is called "Art at the Edison Ford."
At times, at least 25 schools have participated from throughout Lee County. The schools' "giant gators" were allowed to roam through the Edison Truck Garden area near the museum.
Funds are awarded to teachers to assemble the recycled and weather-proof materials. Then the art is up to the students to complete.
Teachers, families and school officials view the students' sculptures as well as enjoy refreshments, live baby gators, and a few other surprises. Support has been provided by the George M. Cox Trust and cookies from Costco.