Modernist Sculptures from the Legacy of Loyd Florence
Atrium and Lobby Case
July 24 – October 23, 2021
The Lyndon House Arts Center will be exhibiting works of cast metal created over a lifespan by Athens artist, Loyd Florence
Florence's life was marked by a lifelong passion for aviation, he earned his pilot's license at the age of fifteen, before he possessed a driver's license. He began his flying career in 1937 in a two cylinder C-3 Aeronocia. He graduated in 1939 from the first civilian pilot training program, sponsored by the University of Georgia. He began instructing as a civilian for war training service. From there, Florence went to Pan American Transport Command in Miami. In 1945, he flew the first commercial flight from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa, during which time the best maps were found in National Geographic magazines. He served as President of Athens Aviation, which operated the Athens Airport in the early 1950's. A week before he died Florence was working on the functional, certified flight simulator used for training pilots that he built and maintained in the basement of his home.
Florence was President of the Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of Athens, Georgia. He developed Tanglewood. He was a President for Hope Haven; General Chairman of the final committee for the consolidation of Athens and Clarke County; Member of Athens Rotary Club; Member of Silver Wings and Member of United Flyers Octogenarians (pilots who did their solo flight after age 80) among many others.