Il Cielo puts on artistic touch
Il Cielo has reopened on Sanibel and there is more than just a new menu and casual lounge area
that’s changed since last May.
In addition to a revamped menu, a more casual Cloud 9 Grille was added in the lounge area for those seeking a nice, yet relaxed meal. The focal point of Cloud 9 being separated from the main dining area is an original glasswork called “Cloud 9.” The sculpture is a 20-inch by 30-feet rounded glass divided in six sections sitting atop a three-quarter rounded dividing wall with booth seating in the lounge and table seating on the opposite side.
Local glass sculptor Lucas Century was commissioned over the summer to create the one-of-a-kind piece for the restaurant.
“This was a great opportunity to help balance the interior aesthetics and create a visual, exciting delineation between the lounge area and dining room,” Century said. “I worked from the owner’s inspiration of his enjoyment of gazing at the sky with his grandson and created a texture that would be infinite in its nature, just like the sky.”
Century said this is his first foray into working with curved glass.
“The pattern had to flow from one section to another without interruption,” he said. “The pattern I chose naturally fits the long and short height and graphically enhances the concept of light and sky.”
Meaning “the sky” in Italian, Il Cielo is located at 1244 Periwinkle Way. The restaurant opened in January 2012 and enjoyed a very successful first season of business.
As a master of large-scale art glass works, Century has been commissioned by museums, centers for the performing arts, private collectors and universities. From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., where he pioneered a technique for the engraving of more than 58,000 names in stone, to the Miami City Ballet and the Whitaker Science Center at FGCU, he has created inspirational images and dedicational works.
More than 15 of Century’s individual pieces of his fine glassware and original works are also featured throughout the restaurant and available for purchase.
“We are so pleased to have Luc’s work as a permanent fixture in our restaurant,” said Il Cielo general manager Bruce Ronty. “His creation ads the ‘wow’ factor to our new Cloud 9 Grille and is the perfect compliment to the organic atmosphere of this great restaurant we have created.”
The complement to Century’s glass works are the vibrant and colorful paintings by Jupiter artists Carmen Lagos and Gustavo Castillo hung throughout the restaurant.
“Bruce’s vision was to bring the island’s vibrant tropical foliage inside,” said Suzanne Lurie, Sanibel resident and retired interior designer who curated the artwork for Il Cielo. “As soon as he saw their work, he knew it
was exactly the look he wanted.”
Restaurant hours are daily from 5 to 10 p.m.
“We will consistently provide our guests with an exceptional experience each time they dine with us,” Ronty added. “From the delicious food to the friendly, impeccable service, Il Cielo and Cloud 9 will be venues that islanders and visitors can dine at seven days a week.”