PNC Bank, Public Art Green Wall an Environmental Landmark
The project was selected as a winner of the Unsolicited Award for Planting in a Public Space by the Florida Federation of Gardens Clubs. The Unsolicited Awards for Planting in a Public Space recognizes well-designed, maintained landscaped areas in the public sector.
Florida is known for its unique and extraordinary landscapes - even its name derives from the Spanish term “pascua florida” meaning “feast of flowers.” Even more compelling are the phenomena that have carved out and sustained these extraordinary ecosystems over millennia; the unending flow of water, air and even people have shaped the land into unique and unforgettable environments that host many unique species of plants.
The Public Art Green Wall titled "Mangrove Gate" by Matt Rowan, Environmental Artist and Designer and Jonathan Toner Landscape Architect is an opportunity to not only add a striking and beautiful landmark to Boynton Beach, but to also create something that echoes and amplifies these phenomena. By creating a thought provoking and constantly changing piece in clear public view, we may be able to heighten awareness of the larger environment that surrounds it.
PNC Bank, on the northeast corner of Woolbright and Federal Highway at 1520 South Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, introduced a wall screen element that wraps the south and east façade and a wall along Woolbright Road. This helps create and define the entry and ties this art from the site onto the building creating a cohesive element that responds to the site and architecture. This project was created to comply with the City’s Public Art Ordinance. The developer’s commitment to the impact to the project was so strong that they contributed over 7 times to the cost of the allocated budget.
At its core, the installation is comprised of sculpturally undulating supports that, on their own, recall the flowing “rivers of grass” in the Everglades, the churning water that shapes them, and the winds that bend their blades. As a whole, the piece engages the building as an organic growth and a reminder of the persistent interplay between man’s structures and the organic environment around them. In fact, the overall motion and gesture of the piece could even be interpreted as shaped by the passage of adjacent pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Growing up and within the structure are carefully selected and curated plant species that will add softness, texture, and ever-changing color to the installation. As night falls, lighting will illuminate the green wall transforming the installation into a dramatic, gently moving form. An educational signage featured on one of the mangrove sculptural elements explains to the public the local flora and fauna on site, and found in the area, as well as the sustainable building aspects that PNC has fully implemented in this LEED certified building.
For more information, contact Debby Coles-Dobay, City of Boynton Beach Public Art Administrator, at 561-742-6026 or Andrew Hoyt, PNC Operations Regional Manager, 561-803-9944.