ROLLO: Thank you for coming for the reveal of Azul’s Flight Tour 2015. MENTZER: We wanted to come up with an idea of how we can leave our legacy here on campus and promote school spirit at the same time. ROLLO: We had a competition. We put out a call for proposals in the local artist community to give us ideas of how they would envision Azul. They were given a blank white canvas of a six-foot-tall Azul. GUELCHER: My name’s Scott Guelcher. I graduated in 2005 from Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in art. I decided to make them a little more three-dimensional by adding clothes and additions to them. And I used a technique which is called monster mud. I take fabric, and I’m dipping it in a mix of joint compound and paint, and put it wherever I want, and it hardens like a rock. CORKE: My name is Andrew Corke. I graduated in 2012 with an art degree. I’m making the Azul statue out of recycled bike tires. For a month, I just sat there and cut them down and shaped them into feathers, glued them to the surface of the statue, and painted them. GUELCHER: And I also did it in the same painting style that I kind of do within my People, Places and Things where I layer different colors and use different textures on top of that. CORKE: Its outfit, also done with recycled chocolate wrappers. GUELCHER: Azul Flies Around the Bases is about baseball, which is another one of my loves: family, art, baseball, FGCU, my teaching. We have a great program, some Major League Baseball players, including a number one draft pick, Chris Sale. CORKE: It embodies the recycling spirit of FGCU, sustainability. GUELCHER: I was asked to do a cap and gown type graduation piece. It’s going to be lots of color, there’s going to be all the different cords, and there’s going to be stuff on top of the cap. Just embodies commencement, walking across the stage, getting that degree and moving out into the world. CORKE: I’m proud to be an FGCU Eagle because, without FGCU, I wouldn’t have take the same life path and pursued recycling in my art. GUELCHER: FGCU gave me the inspiration to inspire others. There’s a few professors there that took me under their wing. Patricia Fay, who is a ceramics teacher there, she taught me so much about being a teacher, it inspired me to be a teacher. CORKE: I would have never been making the art that I am now, I feel like, without FGCU. GUELCHER: FGCU is near and dear to my heart, and I’m very, very pleased that they chose me to be one of these artists to be displayed on campus. CORKE: Go Eagles! GUELCHER: Go Eagles!