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July 16th, 2007

Jay Goulde, Executive Director
(727) 723-8620 - Office
(813) 245-8538 - Mobile

Safety Harbor, FL – The Outdoor Arts Foundation announced today that it has acquired the world's largest private collection of Berlin Wall sections. The collection consists of 350 phase III sections, each measuring 8' x 3' x 3"; and, 80 fragmented sections (phase III & IV), painted by Russian artists Tamara Dubinovskaja, Andre Aksenov and Vladimir Smatchtin during the reunification of Germany in 1990. The first truckload, containing all 80 sections painted by the Russians and 60 of the full-size, phase III sections, will arrive in the Tampa Bay Area on Thursday, July 26th.

The Foundation, best known for its building-size murals and projects featuring artistically designed turtles, manatees and dog houses, has six separate projects planned for the Berlin Wall collection including a National Cold War Memorial, 100 Berlin Wall Monuments throughout North America, a 20th Anniversary exhibit featuring 20 sections newly painted by Bay Area artists, a 25th Anniversary touring exhibit featuring 25 sections newly painted by internationally recognized artists; and, a touring exhibit featuring the pieces painted by the three Russian artists. According to Foundation Board President, Lenné Nicklaus-Ball, "we are extremely fortunate to have acquired this collection. It will greatly accelerate our growth and enable the Foundation to expand our mission of providing accessible art exhibits for the masses throughout the United States."

The first project to kick off in Tampa Bay will be exhibits featuring the Russian sections. A preview containing half the sections is planned for Wednesday, September 26th at Reeves Import Motorcars in Tampa. The remaining sections will be previewed at Syd Entel Galleries from Friday, October 26th through Sunday, October 28th. The Foundation is currently in the process of organizing additional display venues throughout the State of Florida.

A limited number of blank and painted sections are available for purchase. For information regarding purchasing a piece of the Wall, to schedule an exhibit featuring the Russian pieces; or, to inquire about other projects involving the Berlin Wall, please visit www.outdoorartsfoundation.com/berlinwallhome.html.