Whimsical Gator Sculpture Collection Adds To The Excitement At Sawgrass Mills

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Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet, value retail and entertainment center in the United States, has added a permanent art collection of whimsical seven foot-tall alligator sculptures created by select South Florida artists. This art installation is already a favorite photo opportunity at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills.

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“As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Florida, Sawgrass Mills draws millions of visitors each year who can now delight in seeing these creative works of art,” said Carol Henderson, director of marketing and business development Sawgrass Mill

Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet, value retail and entertainment center in the United States, has added a permanent art collection of whimsical seven foot-tall alligator sculptures created by select South Florida artists. This art installation is already a favorite photo opportunity at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills.

Launched recently as part of Sawgrass Mills’ 20 anniversary celebration, the gator art collection was created to raise money for The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and was generously sponsored in part by Billie Swamp Safari. Now, the art display will be a permanent fixture at Sawgrass Mills to delight visitors from all around the world.

The art display includes several one-of-a-kind masterpieces designed to highlight South Florida’s diverse culture. Sculptures include “Gaudi Gator,” a colorfully adorned mosaic sculpture inspired by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi by Nadine Eagan Floyd, “Mrs. Allie Gator,” a sassy red-lipped fashionista by Isabel Perez Salazar and a boasting stylish Pucci-esque paisley graphic embellished with rhinestones entitled “Passion for Fashion,” by award-winning Robert Tabor. Other titles include “Gina, Glam Gator of the Glades,” “Relax, Rejoice, Renew…Florida!,” “ChaCha Fiesta Gator” and more.

“As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Florida, Sawgrass Mills draws millions of visitors each year who can now delight in seeing these creative works of art,” said Carol Henderson, director of marketing and business development at Sawgrass Mills. “We are proud to provide our guests with the ultimate shopping experience and this new art installation is another example of how Sawgrass Mills offers more stores, more brands, more savings and more fun.”

The gator art collection offers another reason for millions of people to visit Sawgrass Mills. Travelers already flock to Sawgrass Mills for the biggest selection of outlet and value retail stores, including GUESS Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store and PUMA Outlet. The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills offers even more shopping with numerous high-end fashion retailers like Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Burberry Factory Outlet, Coach Factory Store, Giorgio Armani General Store, Hugo Boss Factory Store, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo Company Store, Tommy Bahama’s Outlet, Tumi and the recently added Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet Store and Prada.

To learn more about Sawgrass Mills, call (954) 846-2350, visit http://www.sawgrassmills.com or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SawgrassMills.

About Sawgrass Mills
Sawgrass Mills, one of the world’s most popular shopping destinations and the largest outlet, value retail and entertainment center in the United States, provides the ultimate shopping experience with more than 350 name-brand outlet and off-price retail stores, plus two major food courts, six full-service restaurants and entertainment venues such as GameWorks and Regal 23 Cinemas & IMAX. The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills and The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills enhance the center’s popularity with outdoor dining and shopping. Millions of visitors annually enjoy stores such as Bloomingdale’s – The Outlet Store, Coach Factory Store, Escada Company Store, GUESS Factory Store, Hugo Boss Factory Store, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole Company Store, LACOSTE Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Stuart Weitzman, Theory Outlet, PUMA Outlet, Gap Outlet, plus anchor stores such as Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Last Call by Neiman Marcus.

Sawgrass Mills is located at 12801 West Sunrise Blvd in Sunrise, Fla. at the crossroads of West Sunrise Boulevard and Flamingo Road, just 10 miles west of Fort Lauderdale and approximately 30 minutes from Miami and Palm Beach. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sun. Restaurants, movie theaters and bars enjoy later hours. For more information on Sawgrass Mills, please call (954) 846-2350 or visit http://www.simon.com.

About The Mills, A Simon Company
The Mills®, one of Simon Property Group's five real estate platforms, is comprised of 16 value-oriented retail destinations totaling over 24 million square feet. The Mills offers a unique brand of shopping with a mix of popular name brand outlets, value retailers and full-price stores, plus family-oriented dining and entertainment concepts. The Mills are well-located in major metropolitan markets and many are recognized as leading tourism destinations. Notable properties include Arundel Mills (Baltimore), Gurnee Mills (Chicago), Grapevine Mills (Dallas), Opry Mills (Nashville), Potomac Mills (Washington, DC) and Sawgrass Mills (Ft. Lauderdale/Miami).

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 393 retail real estate properties comprising 264 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at http://www.simon.com.

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