If you have more ideas for public art in the West Palm Beach parks, please go online and participate in the “MindMixer” community ideas website. The site is part of the Parks Master Plan for citizen input by consultant GreenPlay.
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.
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.
“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.”