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.
Great civic symbols are frequently on the water’s edge or in the water itself. Statue of Liberty. Sydney Opera House. Jefferson Memorial. And lighthouses, temples and recently big ferris wheels.
The success of any great symbol from the water is its ability to visually stand-out and anchor the vista of the city or waterfront. It must succeed in the day and night. And must be special to visit, not just look at.
Sculptures on the water have worked to make icons for the city, but not that many.
The City might consider at the end of the Evernia Street Pier.
Two artists in competition for West Palm’s most popular artist: environmental artist Michael Singer and muralist Eduardo Mendieta. I think that Singer has the lead with two works at the Palm Beach Courthouse, the Downtown Waterfront promenade and piers, the new Intracoastal mangrove islands, the Commons Park fountains and shade structures and Howard Park landscape. In the next couple of years, his shoreline mango planters will appear in the Intracoastal and his design elements for the energy regeneration facility on the edge of Fresh Waters. His design for the wall between Howard Park and the Convention Center is still possible.
Michael Singer maintains design studios in Delray Beach and Burlington, Vermont. His associate, Jason Bregman, participated in the Public Art Think Tank for West Palm Beach in December.