Florida Humanities Council Announces Winner of Viva Florida 500 Poster Contest
March 27, 2012
The Florida Humanities Council has announced the winner of its official Viva Florida 500 poster contest. Artist Christopher Still's design won a public vote to become the official poster for next year's statewide commemoration of Florida's 500th anniversary. More than 3,000 votes were cast for the five finalists during the month of February.
In explaining his concept for the Viva Florida 500 poster, Still wrote, "This image centers around the Hibiscus flower, being spread by the Seminole woman of the State Seal. Ponce De Leon looks on as he names La Florida after the feast of Flowers in 1513. He lifts the 23-star flag that will be raised in 1821 when Florida becomes a U.S. Territory following the signing of the Adams Onis Treaty with Spain. The Seminole woman's arms are adorned with the succession of State Seals from the territorial period on. The rising moon and space shuttle remind us of Florida's place in modern exploration as the surrounding British, French, and Spanish Flags remind us of the explorers from the past."