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Ochopee, black and white photograph.

Artist:  Clyde Butcher

Title:  "Ochopee"

Medium:  Photograph - Black and White

Size:  33" x 53"

Year Installed:  1994

Location: Big Cypress National Preserve -- 1986

"… I had driven Tamiami Trail many times wanting this picture, but the light was never right. Finally, one August afternoon, everything came together. To me, this typifies Florida. It possesses water, the texture of the grass and palm hammock, and the wonderful Florida sky, filled with the threat of a storm and the glory of sunlight." - Clyde Butcher

Venue:  Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

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Using a large format camera, Clyde Butcher has captured this remarkable scene with towering clouds and expansive view of the Everglades in great details. This gelatin silver print is from a numbered edition of 44/100 and installed at the Aviation Administration offices. Viewing is by appointment only.

Artist Statement

"Wilderness to me is a spiritual necessity. When my son was killed by a drunk driver, it was to the wilderness that I fled in hope of regaining my serenity and equilibrium. The mysterious spiritual experience of being close to nature helped to restore my soul. It was during that time, I discovered the intimate beauty of Florida. My experience reinforced my sense of dedication to use my art form of photography as an inspiration for others to work together to save places of spiritual sanctuary for future generations."