Coleman Park Baseballs by Shauna Gillies-Smith

On the site of a former Florida State Negro League field, Shauna Gillies-Smith of Ground, Inc. created a space of 9 concrete baseballs and pebble paths in 2005.  Engraved into the baseballs are the names of significant local leaders.    After ten years, the City plans to add new names in 2015.

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coleman park Ariel View

ColemanPark (2)

 

Lincoln Giants, Palm Beach, (1915)
Lincoln Giants, Palm Beach, (1915)
1906  Royal Poinciana Team of the Palm Beachs
1906 Royal Poinciana Team of  Palm Beach

 

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Paul Manship sculptures outside the Norton Museum

Did you know that the two bronze sculptures on the eastside of the Norton Museum are re-telling a myth.   Actaeon was a mortal hunter who came upon Diana bathing one day. Enraged by this invasion of privacy, the goddess shot him with an arrow that transformed him into a stag and he was torn to pieces by his own hounds.

 

Diana and Hound, 1925
Diana and Hound, 1925

On the left, a naked Diana is running away and shooting an arrow at Actaeon.   On the right, Actaeon has begun to change into a deer with short horns growing from his head.

Actaeon, 1925
Actaeon, 1925

The original sculpture was made in the 1925 and copies are in the collections of the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.   In 1934, Manship made the golden Prometheus sculpture at the ice skating ring at Rockefeller Center.

Prometheus Fountain, 1934
Prometheus Fountain, 1934

 

Elder’s Cove in Dreher Park by Brookner and Ciotti

In 2003-2004 the City of West Palm Beach redesigned the,130 acre Dreher Park, to improve stormwater capacity and enhance recreation areas. Artist team Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti were commissioned to work on art concepts throughout the park and be part of the Design Team.

Brookner and Ciotti created Elders’ Cove, a landscape complex that includes a fourteen foot biosculpture, that uses wetland plants to filter water in one of the park’s new lakes, a viewing dock, wetland habitats, and sculpted mounds that reclaim excavated soil. Other of their concepts include cypress swamp islands that recall the original Everglades ecosystem of the site, a medicinal garden based on Seminole culture designed in consultation with Seminole elders, and native plant restoration.

Elder's Cove by Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti, 2004.  Dreher Park
Elder’s Cove by Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti, 2004. Dreher Park
Elder's Cove by Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti, 2004.  Dreher Park
Elder’s Cove by Jackie Brookner and Angelo Ciotti, 2004. Dreher Park
Seminole Garden, 2004.  Dreher Park
Seminole Garden, 2004. Dreher Park

Jackie Brookner at TEDtalks in Fargo, ND.

“For humans to survive, ecological artist Jackie Brookner says it is not enough to change the ways we fuel, feed, entertain and shelter ourselves. Something much more basic has to happen. We need to mainstream a different understanding of who we are, as individuals and as a species. She calls this “the being of human,” and says it is about the “verbing” of our existence.”

Brookner TED Talk
Brookner TED Talk

We are starting the Art in Public Places master plan

Over the next six months, IBI Group-Pompano will develop the Art in Public Places master plan for the City of West Palm Beach and plan the future public artworks for the next ten years.  Please join the effort.

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Artist Ann Norton at Ann Norton Sculpture Garden

All the activities by the public art planners from IBI Groupywill be published on this blog.  Each week, an email will arrive in the your inbox showing the art in West Palm, ideas of art projects, possible locations and future public meetings to discuss everything about public art.

If Facebook or Twitter is better for you, then follow the project at
Facebook.com/ibiARTwestpalm or @ibiARTwestpalm

Sincerely,
IBI Group Team:  Glenn Weiss, Surale Phillips and Sybille Welter

Glenn, Surale and Sybille at DDA A&E Kickoff
Glenn, Surale and Sybille at DDA A&E Kickoff

 

Public Art at Fire Rescue Station #3 in Northwood

Visiting Fire Rescue Station #3 in Northwood for a discussion of the Parks Master Plan, we discovered the public art:   architectural establishments of the station.  Mosaics, tile murals and relief carving are types of public art that have been a part of Mediterranean cultures for thousands of years.  These great traditions from the Babylonians to the Romans to the Spanish Moors influenced the architecture in Palm Beach County since the early 20th century.

On the ground before the community room, a latin phrase is written that means:  FROM MANY PEOPLES STRENGTH.

If you want to learn the history of the WPB Fire Rescue Service, visit the website.

FireFighterHistory

Here is the public art.

Fire Station 3 Plaster Relief
Fire Station 3 Plaster Relief
Fire Station 3 Mosaic
Fire Station 3 Mosaic by Jeff Halverson:  Translation:  From Many Peoples Strength
Fire Station 3 Mosaic
Fire Station 3 Mosaic by Jeff Halverson 
Fire Station 3 Mosaic
Fire Station 3 Palm Mosaics by Jeff Halverson
Fire Station 3 Tiles
Fire Station 3  Handpainted Tiles
Fire Station 3 Handpainted Tile Mural
Fire Station 3 Handpainted Tile Mural
Fire Station 3 Handpainted Tile Mural
Fire Station 3 Handpainted Tile Mural

If you know the artist, please send us an email at ibiARTwestpalm@gmail.com.

Evaluation of the Public Art Experience

Art writer Jillian Steinhauer responded in a gentle parody of Washington Post art critic, Philip Kennicott.

Steinhauer’s method to enjoy a museum mirrors the unspoken positive evaluation of public art in the United States.   Do you agree with Steinhauer?

“Seeing art is worthless until you walk away with four things: a story to share about your experience, an opinion about what it meant, a larger lesson to draw from it, and at least one Instagram. This is how you effectively view art in the age of social media.”

Here is the article:

http://hyperallergic.com/153154/five-rules-for-kinda-viewing-art/

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