Artist builds old Florida ‘Tiny Town’ in Warehouse Arts District

You want to know how we know the St. Pete arts scene is thriving? Because one artist took a 4 year passion project and finally unveiled it to the Burg. No, it’s not a painting. It’s not a photograph. It’s not a singular sculpture. Artist Dan Painter built an entire town — and it’s brimming with old Florida charm.

The sculpture garden is a trip down memory lane. There’s a drive-in theater, pastel beach motels, a Salt Fish Pier for live music and even a tiny gas station. The structures at Tiny Town are made entirely of donated and recycled materials.

In all, it is quite unlike any sculpture garden we have ever encountered. The retrospective on old Florida is constantly under development, so we recommend you visit it ASAP. Tiny Town is located at 2520 Emerson Avenue in the Warehouse Arts District.


All photos courtesy of Tracy Kennard.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: