Category Archives: Existing Art in WBP

Idea: Move Henry Rolfs Sculpture

Henry Rolfs Statue

In 1994, the City of West Palm agreed with the family of Henry Rolfs, Sr. to honor his contribution to the City with a sculpture in the median of Okeechobee Blvd.    Artist Marsha Montoya Meyer made the statue that  welcomes visitors to West Palm at the intersection of Tamarind/Parker and Okeechobee.

Mr. Rolfs and his partner David Paladino were responsible for consolidating all the 77 acres that eventually became City Place, the Kravis Center and the Convention Center.  Without their visionary purchases, it is very unlikely that City Place would exist.   Unfortunately for Rolfs and Paladino, the economic downturns of the late 1980s and early 1990s ruined their opportunity to complete their vision and the land was acquired by the City.

Land Purchased by Rolfs and Paladino
Land Purchased by Rolfs and Paladino

In our community discussions on public art, we learned that most people don’t know anything about the sculpture.  If they have  thought about it, then most assume it is second memorial to Henry Flagler.  Part of the reason for the lack of knowledge is that sculpture is undersized for the site and almost no pedestrians cross at this location to learn about Mr. Rolfs.

Henry Rolfs, Sr. by Marsha Montoya Meyer
Henry Rolfs, Sr. by Marsha Montoya Meyer

Given the contribution of Mr. Rolfs, the sculpture seems better located near or in City Place.  Pedestrian could enjoy the artwork and read information about Mr. Rolfs’ life and activities in West Palm.

What do you think?  Should the sculpture be moved or remain in place?

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Existing and Possible New Locations
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Current Location
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Rosemary and Okeechobee

 

 

 

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Gateway Update: Zoo adds Sign

Although not an official “Welcome to West Palm Beach” sign, the new  “ZOO” sign at the Palm Beach Zoo tower adds to the city’s entrance on Summit Blvd. Zoo SignPart of the Public Art Master Plan will recognize some signs as important elements of the city and its history.  For example the Hall Hardware “hammer” on South Dixie.

Halls Hardware
Halls Hardware

It may be possible to re-make great historic signs from the City’s past.

Ketter Theater Sign
Ketter Theater Sign

More Information Here

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Seeking Gateways Locations into the City

In the CIP budget of the City, the Commission has budgeted $50,000 for entry markers or welcome signs into the City.  The Mayor asked IBI Group to examine how the public art program might contribute to the new entry features.  On Friday, February 13, Sybille Welter, AiPP Coordinator, Brian Collins, City Traffic Engineer, and Glenn Weiss, IBI Group, visited many possible sites.  Below are some the existing welcome signs.

Australian north of Beledere from the Airport
Australian north of Belvedere from the Airport
Australian to the south of 45th and Mangolia Park
Australian to the south of N. 45th and Mangonia Park
Forest Hills Street to the east of I-95
Forest Hills Blvd to the east of I-95
Summit Street to the east of I-95
Dreher and WBP Sign at Summit Blvd to the east of I-95

Click Pictures to see more detail of possible gateway locations.

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Potential Gateway Locations

Click Slideshow Link to See Images of 11 Possible Gateway Locations

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Police Sculpture features Racial Harmony

PoliceStation-009You may not be aware that the sculpture  at the West Palm Beach police headquarters features a white police officer comforting a young African American boy with his teddy bear.  The sculpture is by Abbe Godwin from North Carolina.

The mural in the lobby by Miami artist Andrew Reid presents powerful policemen and policewomen from a range of racial heritages,  just like the City itself.

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Abbe Godwin, Artist
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Abbe Godwin, Artist

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Andrew Reid, Artist

 

 

Northwood Village Mural Project

 

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Craig McInnis

Since 2014, the Northwood Village Mural Project have completed murals 2 murals in West Palm Beach. The murals are painted by Craig McInnis at 2417 Spruce Ave and Eduardo Mendieta at 441 25th Street.  The CRA has helped get this project off the ground, but they will need more funding to keep this Mural Project going and cover the neighborhood with beautiful murals. They are looking for local businesses to also help by sponsoring murals, donating exterior wall space, and funding. The community can also help with fundraising and support.

Eduardo Mendieta
Eduardo Mendieta

Initially there will be 4-5 murals painted on buildings located on Northwood Road, Spruce Avenue and 25th Street. The goal is to beautify and bring more vitality to the neighborhood. Each mural will be painted by a different artist.  Muralist Amanda Valdes will begin her mural at 444 25th Street in early 2015. Other artists are waiting for approval of their designs before work can begin. If you are artist, property owner or anyone interested in participating message the project here.

Craig McInnis 2014
Craig McInnis 2014
Eduardo Mendieta 2014
Eduardo Mendieta 2014
Amanda Valdes 2015
Amanda Valdes – Coming in 2015

More Public Sculpture around West Palm Beach

Northwood University
Northwood University, 2600 N Military Tr

Driving and walking around West Palm Beach, several more sculptures were found to be available to the public.  Some like Northwood University and MorseLife require signing in with the guard.  Other like EmKO visible, but unclear if the owners are OK with wandering around the art.  The Armory Art Center and South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are in public parks, so enjoy.  Unfortunately for the visitor, only a minority of sculptures have plaques with the names of the artists.

 Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Avenue

Armory Art Center, Kraft Sculpture Garden
Armory Art Center, Kraft Sculpture Garden
Armory Art Center, Kraft Sculpture Garden
Armory Art Center, Kraft Sculpture Garden

 

 South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
4801 Dreher Trail North

Science Center Sculpture by Yure de Alcencar
Science Center Sculpture by Yure de Alcencar

EmKO, 2172 South Dixie

Emko Sculpture
Emko Sculpture
EmKO Sculpture
EmKO Sculpture

MorseLife Senior Residence, 4754 Haverhill Rd N

MorseLife Senior Residence
MorseLife Senior Residence
Jane Manus at MorseLife Senior Residence
Jane Manus at MorseLife Senior Residence

The title image is “The Wave” by Barbara Grygutis at the Convention Center.

Armory Mosaic Mural by Lesley Davison

Lesley Davison produced the excellent ceramic and mirror mural on the north facade of the Armory Art Center building.  Davison gives inspirational credit to Isaiah Zagar in Philadelphia.

Armory Mural by Lesley Davison
Armory Mural by Lesley Davison
Armory Mural by Lesley Davison
Armory Mural by Lesley Davison
Armory Mural by Lesley Davison
Armory Mural by Lesley Davison

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Armory mural in progress
Armory mural in progress

 

Isaiah Zagar, Born 1939.
Isaiah Zagar, Born 1939.

Isaiah Zagar murals on South Street in downtown Philadelphia.  Started the murals in 1994 at age 55.  More info the Philly Magic Gardens.

Mural by Isaiah Zagar in Philadelphia - 1994-2004
Mural by Isaiah Zagar in Philadelphia – 1994-2004

 

Ann Norton Sculpture Garden

aboutANnsmAnn Weaver Norton may be the most respected sculptor to emerge from West Palm Beach.  Here is her obituary by art critic Grace Glueck in 1982 in the New York Times.

“Ann Weaver Norton was noted for the mysterious brick ”megaliths” she constructed on the grounds of her home in West Palm Beach, towerlike structures of handmade brick that resemble Tibetan shrines. She also made smaller works, sculptures shaped from timbers with hammer and chisel, that were exhibited at galleries in New York in 1978 and last year.

“The grounds in West Palm Beach were incorporated in 1979 as the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden, a nonprofit foundation for the display of her sculptures and a haven for birds and wildlife.

3586571841_8a02e63636_b“Born in Selma, Ala., (in 1905) Mrs. Norton came to New York at the age of 19 and studied sculpture at the National Academy of Design, the Art Students League and the Cooper Union. After five years of apprenticeship with such artists as Alexander Archipenko and John Hovannes, she returned to the South in the 40’s to teach sculpture in the Norton Gallery School of Art.   She was married to Mr. Norton, its founder, in 1947 and devoted herself to her work.

“Her towers were ”discovered” several years ago by artists and museum people, and in 1978 she was given a show in New York at the Clocktower, a nonprofit gallery affiliated with the Institute of Art and Urban Resources. (PS1) ”I’m just emerging, like the tip of an iceberg,” she said, visiting the city during her show. Last year, an exhibition of her smaller sculptures was at the Max Hutchinson Gallery in SoHo.

Ann Norton in Cambridge, MA, 1978
Ann Norton in Cambridge, MA, 1978

“Mrs. Norton’s work is represented in the Detroit Institute of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Norton Gallery (Norton Museum of Art) and the Musee Rodin in Paris. Last year (1981), she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Ann Norton Sculpture Garden
Ann Norton Sculpture Garden
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