Tag Archives: West Palm Beach

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Currie Park

Martin Luther King JrTo celebrate Dr. King, consider visiting the West Palm Beach memorial in Currie Park.  The memorial was created in 2004 through the leadership of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee.  Here is the description from their website:

“The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, located at 2200 N. Flagler Drive, was completed in 2004. The park is the largest of its type in Florida and one of the largest memorials commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. anywhere in the Southern United States. The park contains numerous plaques and photos commemorating Dr. King’s life, family and speeches, interspersed with highlights of the civil rights movement. The highlights are a bronze sculpture of Dr. King backdropped by cascading water on a granite wall and the display of flats, representing areas of great influence to King’s life, waving over the Intracoastal. This park was chosen as only one of five of PSC MILLENNIUM Legacy projects.

Augusta Savage at the Norton
Augusta Savage at the Norton

To celebrate African American heritage, be sure to see Augusta Savage’s “Gimin” in the Norton Museum of Art permanent collection.  Savage lived in West Palm Beach before moving to NYC and joining the artists of the Harlem Renaissance.    More information on Savage here.

On January 16-19 weekend, the MLK Jr. Coordinating Committee has organized many events.  Click the image to view the calendar.

MLK Flight Schedule

 

The sculpture at the MLK Jr Memorial Park was made by Steven Dickey of Tampa, Florida.  See more of Mr. Dickey’s work here. 

Seminole Memorial by Steven Dickey
Seminole Memorial by Steven Dickey

IDEA: Really, Really Big Mural on Railroad Parking Garage

IDEA – Giant Mural.   Very long parking garage on the railroad track and Federal Highway between Flagler Bridge/AIA and 3rd Street.  Recent examples of giant murals included.

Parking Garage
Parking Garage from AIA / Flagler Bridge Road
Katharina Grosse, Philadelphia, 2014
Katharina Grosse, Philadelphia, 2014
Garage from 4th Street
Garage from 4th Street
Katharina Grosse, Philadelphia, 2014
Katharina Grosse, Philadelphia, 2014
Hass&Hahn, Rio, Brazil
Hass&Hahn, Rio, Brazil
From 3rd Street
From 3rd Street
OsGemeos, Vancouver, Canada, 2014
OsGemeos, Vancouver, Canada, 2014
JR in Paris
JR in Paris

Big AIA TUrnclose

Big AIA TUrn

See the blog post about Jorge Pardo’s mural south of Okeechoobee.

Jorge Pardo Mural, 1016 Clare Ave, 2006
Jorge Pardo Mural, 1016 Clare Ave, 2006

Arrived by artist Ulrich Pakker in Gateway Park

In 2009, the AiPP program commissioned the largest sculpture in the history of West Palm Beach.  The stainless steel and glass sculpture rises 25 feet in Gateway Park between the Australia Avenue and the Marriott.

Ulrich Pakker
Ulrich Pakker

Seattle based artist Ulrich Pakker has created large sculptures and fountains in Washington State, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Florida.  In 2013, he was an UNESCO Art Award Recipient for “Breaking Earth’s Bond” at the research center of NASA’s Saturn and Apollo missions in Huntsville, Alabama.  Pakker was born in 1951 in Germany.  More information at http://ulrichpakker.com/curriculum-vitae/

Arrived by Ulrich Pakker
Arrived by Ulrich Pakker
Arrived by Ulrich Pakker
Arrived by Ulrich Pakker
Breaking Earth's Bonds by Ulrich Pakker
Breaking Earth’s Bonds by Ulrich Pakker
Changing Gears by Ulrich Pakker
Changing Gears by Ulrich Pakker

 

Michael Singer: West Palm’s Most Popular Artist

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.

Palm Beach Courthouse, Michael Singer
Palm Beach Courthouse, Michael Singer
Palm Beach Courthouse, Michael Singer
Palm Beach Courthouse, Michael Singer
Howard Park, Michael Singer
Howard Park, Michael Singer
Commons Park Fountains, Michael Singer
Commons Park Fountains, Michael Singer

 

Downtown Waterfront Promenade and Piers, Michael Singer
Downtown Waterfront Promenade and Piers, Michael Singer
Downtown Waterfront Piers, Michael Singer
Downtown Waterfront Piers, Michael Singer
Intracoastal Mangrove Islands, Michael Singer
Intracoastal Mangrove Islands, Michael Singer
Intracoastal Mangrove Planter, Future, Michael Singer
Intracoastal Mangrove Planter, Future, Michael Singer
Design for Wall between Convention Center and Howard Park, Michael Singer
Design for Wall between Convention Center and Howard Park, Michael Singer

 

West Palm Sculptors – Montoya/Ortiz, Fuller, Manus, St. Croix, Danielpour, Ralfonso

West Palm Beach is home to a number of talented living sculptors with significant public art experience.   Many of them have works available to see in the city.

Jane Manus, 2013
Jane Manus, 2013

 

Mark Fuller, Fish out of Water
Mark Fuller, Fish out of Water
Luis Montoya, Infinity
Luis Montoya, Infinity
Robert St. Croix, Windswept, 2013
Robert St. Croix, Windswept, 2013

 

Mehri Danielpour, Year of the Child, 1979
Mehri Danielpour, Year of the Child, 1979
Ralfonso, Cube Tower in Changchun
Ralfonso, Cube Tower in Changchun

 

 

Click each name to visit the artist’s website
Luis Montoya/Leslie Ortiz
Mark Fuller
Jane Manus
Robert St. Croix
Mehri Danielpour
Ralfonso

Please send us names, websites and images of other West Palm Beach sculptors with public art experience.  ibiARTwestpalm@gmail.com

 

 

 

Bringing Back lost Signs and Gates

The Art in Public Places ordinance includes the ability to preserve historic buildings and elements.  But why not ask contemporary artists to bring back some great lost gates and signs from WPB past.

Ketter Theater Sign
Kettler Theater Sign (The silent movie is the “The Foolish Virgin”)
Seminole Sun Dance festival.
Seminole Sun Dance festival.
Original gate to Woodlawn Cemetary
Original gate to Woodlawn Cemetery
Kelsey City. Actually in North Palm Beach, but the obelisks are very interesting.
Kelsey City. Actually in North Palm Beach, but the obelisks are very interesting.

 

Honoring George Gershwin with Public Art

Tip-ToesIdea:  Public artwork at the WPB train station interpreting the first act of Gershwin’s 1925 musical “Tip Toes”

 

PorgyBess1935Idea:  Public artwork about African American life in the 1920s based on Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” that he wrote in Palm Beach during 1935.

 

 

1920s in African American West Palm Beach
1920s in African American West Palm Beach

gershwin1As early as 1925, George Gershwin’s visits to Florida, and the public’s fascination with the state’s real estate boom, inspired his Broadway musical Tip-Toes, set in Palm Beach. Gershwin spent the winter of 1933 at a Palm Beach home on South Ocean Boulevard that oil tycoon Emil Mosbacher had rented with his wife and three children. It was there that Gershwin wrote variations on I Got Rhythm. And in 1935, after studying black culture in Charleston, S.C., he returned to the island to write much of the groundbreaking opera Porgy and
Bess.

“Palm Beach is once more itself after a few days of cold weather,” the Gershwin wrote. “I’m sitting in the patio of the charming house Emil has rented, writing to you after orchestrating for a few hours this morning . . . it goes slowly, there being millions of notes to write.”

1925 Tip Toes Program on Broadway
1925 Tip Toes Program on Broadway
TrainStation (3)
West Palm Beach Train Station

ACT ONE: ” TIP TOES” — At the train station in West Palm Beach, flirtatious Rollo Fish Metcalf is surprised to see his socialite wife, Sylvia, planning to give a party for her millionaire brother, Steve.  Steve is set to inherit the family glue factory. Rollo agrees to wait for vaudevillian entertainers, the “Komical Kayes” (Tip-Toes Kaye (a woman), Al Kaye and Uncle Hen Kaye). The Kayes are so poor that Tip-Toes had to travel in the luggage to avoid paying for a ticket. They stay in Palm Beach to see if they can find a millionaire for Tip-Toes to marry.

Arrive in West Palm Beach
Arrive in West Palm Beach

 

All the ways Public Art can contribute to a City

Artist and writer Tom Hall in Fort Meyers developed a very comprehensive list of goals and objectives for public art in a city and published them on his blog: artswfl.com.  Send us your additions to ibiARTwestpalm@gmail.com   (Watermellon sculpture by Luis Montoya / Leslie Ortiz)

  • boosts/strengthens civic pride;
  • enhances and defines a city’s identity;
  • reflects the unique character and history of the city;
  • burnishes the city’s image to the outside world;
  • creates an important positive impression for visitors;
  • encourages/increases tourism;
  • enables the community to attain recognition as a regional and national leader in the visual arts;
  • symbolizes a community’s maturity;
  • expresses the vision of community leaders;
  • makes a statement about the community’s values and culture;
  • elevates the image of proximately-located corporate enterprises;
  • spurs economic development in the community;
  • creates visual and aesthetic landmarks;
  • creates positive mental images;
  • imparts a more aesthetic, cohesive visual and physical appearance;
  • enriches the public environment visually;
  • makes the beautification of the city a matter of the highest priority;
  • enhances the climate for artistic creativity in the community;
  • brings art and art education to the entire community;
  • create public art community partnerships linking individuals of all races, ethnicities, age, genders, professions, and economic levels;
  • stimulates our imagination;
  • promotes excellence and diversity through a variety of artists and media;
  • provides tangible outlets for creative ingenuity;
  • increases property values;
  • enriches the cultural climate of the city;
  • reflects and enhances the city’s diversity, character and heritage through the integration of artworks and designs in the architecture, infrastructure and landscape on public and private property;
  • makes a space seem more welcoming;
  • creates a deeper interaction with the place one is visiting or working in;
  • increases awareness of how surroundings impact experience;
  • expresses shared ideals and concepts;
  • enhances the quality of life for residents and property owners;
  • adds to the visual quality of life;
  • engages the community;
  • draws people together and induces strangers to talk to each other;
  • raises the level of citizen awareness to the importance of aesthetic and intellectual experiences in everyday life;
  • promotes understanding and awareness of visual arts in the public realm;
  • makes a commitment to future generations; and
  • creates “human scaling” of open areas by framing the space with various forms of public art structures.

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.

ColemanPark (10)

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