Art Projects

The City of Boynton Beach's Art in Public Places Program recognizes public art throughout our City.  Some of the public art is commissioned to satisfy the Public Art Ordinance 07-002.  Other times local businesses engage artists to create exciting and interesting art for all to enjoy. Public art attracts visitors to the City and its businesses. We invite you to take a virtual tour of the public art on display in the City.


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"Waterhole #3" greets visitors entering the Boynton Town Center.

Public art is a great way to market a particular development, residence, complex or business.  It creates character and place making. It can be an identifying marker and often a meeting place where people gather.

Boynton Town Center is located on the northeast corner of Congress Avenue and Old Boynton Road, across from the Boynton Beach Mall.

The Sembler Company participated in the public art initiative by promoting a distinctive artistic endeavor that preserved the history of our community and enhanced the shopping experience at their Boynton Town Center project.

As the City of Boynton Beach grew westward, the land surrounding this site was commercially developed. For over 30 years it was common to see livestock grazing as this site continued to be used as a pasture. Trapped in a time-warp, this last pasture was fondly embraced by Boynton's residents. As the City continued to expand, it was only a matter of time before the last of the fields would vanish into the end of an era.

Public artist Mark Fuller's design intent with the Boynton Town Center public art installations "The Last Pasture," "Waterhole #3," and "Eight Horses" is to pay homage to this history. By locating "The Last Pasture" and "Waterhole #3" in traffic circles, he hoped to symbolically create an island of pasture. Surrounded by the unnatural manmade environment, these installations are visual metaphors of the shrinking rural environments.

Waterhole 3 greets visitors entering Boynton Town Center for the "Eight Horses" that are on the Linens n' Things wall, Mark created ornately framed horse portraits to pay tribute to the site's previous residents. Decoratively framed ancestral photographs were often the most ornate item in the meager homes of the early settlers. The colorful portraits here are based on original oil paintings created for this project by the acclaimed Dublin, Ireland artist Fionnuella Mary Collins. Here, the embossed silver frames make reference to fine silver work typically found on valuable saddles and tack.

Visit the sight to see each of the paintings in the "Eight Horses" collection.

"Emerging Mangrove” by Artist Lucy Keshavarz
At Casa del Mar Townhomes, 2626 North Federal Highway

On January 17, 2018, Casa Del Mar, a gated enclave of three-story luxury townhomes in Boynton Beach by K. Hovnanian® Homes, unveiled its new mosaic tile mural entitled “Emerging Mangrove” by Artist Lucy Keshavarz.

“Emerging Mangrove” speaks to the name of the community and is inspired by its location along the Intracoastal Waterway,” said Fred Vandercook, Division President of K. Hovnanian® Homes Southeast Florida. “Like the meaning of Casa Del Mar, mangroves on our shoreline are also a very important ‘house of the sea’. A home to many creatures and a cycle that sustains life in a myriad of ways; from keeping our shoreline in tact to nurturing a great deal of the food that ends up on our dinner table.”

Keshavarz, owner of Art & Culture Group, Inc. in Palm Beach Gardens, used the classic materials of metal, stone (cast) and custom tiles in a stylized format to create the highly recognizable red mangrove or “walking” mangrove. The sculpture is integrated into the community’s entry wall along US1, and appears to be emerging from the wall atop its orderly mangle of branching prop roots, making the leaves and water glitter in the sun and the waves swirl with the tides.

“The love of science and the natural environment are major influences in my life and artwork,” said Keshavarz. “These influences, combined with my tendency to question, drive me to create work that will have a positive impact.”

The 12” high x 31’ long x 1’ deep public art project is fabricated from cast stone, sculptured tiles,  glass mosaics and powder coated aluminum and is embedded in the retaining wall that faces Federal Hwy.

In Celebration of Children and Families by George Gadson Childrens Services Council artwork

Children's Services Council

2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL

Phone: 561-740-7000 or 1-800-331-1462

www.cscpbc.org

The Children's Services Council headquarters is located on the northeast corner of Gateway Boulevard. and High Ridge Road.  It is in close proximity to Interstate 95 and shares an access road with TriRail – a tri-county commuter rail system.

The Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County welcomed the opportunity to utilize the Art in Public Places to complement it's new facility, even though they were not subject to the Public Art Ordinance 07-002.  Through the assistance the Boynton Beach Arts Commission and the Public Art Administrator, the Children's Service Council commissioned a custom public art sculpture to compliment their headquarters.

George Gadson's "In Celebration of Children and Families" offers a symbol of the Children's Services Council's commitment to our county's children.  It further stands as a reminder of the site's natural beauty and commitment to preserving the natural preserves and habitat to the east and west of the building.  George's creations complement the building's contemporary design, while paying tribute to the fabric and foundation of the community –their children and their families.

George Gadson has been commissioned to create works of art for many high profile events. Gadson has gained recognition for his realistic portraits and commemorative sculptures. The Duke University graduate and self-taught artist, also understands the role art play in providing quality of life and vitality to a community. Today, he is one of Florida 's most versatile and celebrated African American renaissance artists. He works independently and collaboratively with design teams of engineers, architects and construction firms to create site specific work.

To learn more about George Gadson visit www.georgegadson.com

“On the Green” (2010) public artwork by Stephanie Jaffe Werner

Commissioned by Dick’s Sporting Goods and property owner, Agree Limited Partnership, LLC.

Located at 515 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach.

“On the Green ” is functional, whimsical and interactive sculptural artwork 8’w x 4’d x 24” h consisting of three colorful fiberglass golf tees set into a hand cut porcelain and Smalti glass tile mosaic golf green. This is an identifying public artwork meant to attract people to the tenant, Dick’s Sporting Goods and property owner, Agree Limited Partnership, LLC. The artwork meets the project’s objective of creating a public artwork feature that will compliment the sporting goods business and is relevant to the surrounding area that has many golf communities. 

The butterfly, a symbol of renewal in many cultures, inspired the Old Dixie EcoWalk at Seabourn Cove.  The complex of apartment homes is the nation’s first and largest sustainable community to receive a GOLD designation by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center.

A great many changes have taken place in Florida since the completion of Dixie Highway in 1927.  Unfortunately, due to population growth, many areas in South Florida have lost their natural habitat and have suffered a reduction of native wildlife species. 

The Old Dixie EcoWalk at Seabourn Cove, with over 50 species of Florida native plants, will provide food and shelter for native butterflies, wildlife and a welcoming environment for the human species. A lush pedestrian pathway in the reforested area – about a quarter of a mile long and fifty feet wide – include carved Florida cap rock sculptures used as bases for plant identification tiles, educational interpretive panels and butterfly watering basins.  The canopy will reduce the Heat Island Effect and CO2 levels, while the artistic elements will provide an aesthetic quality and educational opportunities about sustainable practices.  Old Dixie EcoWalk is an active resource for organizations such as the North America Butterfly Association (NABA)   and the Florida Native Plant Society as well as for area schools and museums. It illustrates how enjoyable and necessary sustainable design is for all species.

To create the Old Dixie Eco Walk, Eco Artist Lucy Keshavarz collaborated with Dave Bodker, Landscape Architect and consulted with scientists Mary R. Truglio, Wildlife Biologist with Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Habitat & Species Conservation ; Alana Edwards, Education & Training Coordinator with FAU's Center for Environmental Studies; and Jaret C. Daniels, PHD, Assistant Curator & Assistant Director of Education with McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, University of Florida. 

Location/directions: To access the Old Dixie Eco Walk from South Federal Highway turn west on Gulfstream Road.  Then turn north on Old Dixie Highway.  You can park along the grass easement on the east side of Old Dixie Highway and walk the path. Seabourn Cove Phase I is located at 3501 S. Federal Highway and Seabourn Cove Phase II at 3373 S. Federal Highway.  Old Dixie Eco Walk is on the west side of Seabourn Cove development, a gated community.

A welcoming entrance to our downtown corridor will be “Water, You and I “ public art. It is a significant component of the City’s East Plant Ion Exchange and Upgrades Progressive Design Build Project. The artwork will be located in Harmening Park, on the corner of Seacrest Blvd. and Woolbright Rd.

The team of David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr’s concept, selected by the Art in Public Places procurement process, invites visitors to experience the drawing of water from the well, making a dynamic visual connection with the source of water in Boynton Beach - the Floridan Aquifer.  

Two major elements will communicate the relationship of how the water is delivered to citizens tap. One element will consist of a 164’ long x 6’ high glass Cle wall representing the sky, landscape, aquifer and water. The second element will be a 18’ high x 20’ square gathering place, called the “Water Pavilion”with a funcConing water source in the center of the pavilion.

A water haiku, a Japanese poem, will be laser cut into a special “opening to the sky” allowing both water and light to pass through. The public art elements are iconic and colorful by day and illuminated by night with LED lights. The public art project is expected to be completed in September 2016. “Water, You and I” will be integrated into the munity outreach program and become a part of the local and regional school’s learning curriculum.

The Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Station #5 and Emergency Operations Center facility stands as the first building in the City's history to be hardened to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. The modern construction of this multi-functional facility takes firefighting and City operations to a new level. The public art displayed in the building exists to depict the heritage and character of the fire service throughout the City's history leading up to today's modern, comprehensive level of fire rescue and emergency preparedness operations. The public art elements provide visual references of historical timelines to the viewer, and when translated by artists as seen here, communicate portals to our City's past. 

"Brotherhood in Mourning" created and donated by Ray Altman, Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Division Chief

The second floor administration lobby showcases this memorial sculpture depicting a firefighter sitting on a park bench while looking at a piece of steel beam, once part of the World Trade Center. Notice the face of the firefighter, sculpted to represent the face of the brotherhood of all firefighters who still mourn the loss of so many of their own. The shield of the firefighter's helmet mirrors the maze of steel beams which dressed the landscape of Ground Zero.  The number 343, intentionally cut out of the helmet's shield, represents the 343 fallen firefighters who sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001. The relevance of every firefighter's helmet "shield" is that it represents "protection" and "safety." The 343 has been cut away, or "lost" in this firefighter's shield in memory of our fallen brothers, "We shall never forget."  The sculpture is 3' x 5' x 4' and is made of steel masonry nails colored in lacquer and clear coated in urethane paints. 9-11 Foundation The section of steel beam from the World Trade Center in the firefighter's hands in this sculpture was graciously donated by the 9-11 Foundation, an organization dedicated to honoring the firefighters, police officers and other first responders who were lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The foundation helps to memorialize the fallen through the creation of public artworks such as this.

"Big Red" by Dana Donaty is a timeline that illustrates the Boynton Beach Fire Department at the intersection of tradition and progress. The artist researched images of firefighting from its beginning and historical images of the earliest days of firefighting in Boynton Beach. Those images were blended into a continuous scene depicting the evolution of firefighting. The 19' x 4.5' mural was painted on canvas and installed on the lobby wall. This historical theme continues throughout the lobby as seen through the historical window images above the main entrance and among the pieces of memorabilia, old and new, in the lobby display case. Historical pieces in the case include two of Chief Tuite's fire helmets and badges, vintage fire nozzles, a vintage lantern, circa 1920's, vintage fire extinguishers and a vintage first aid kit.

FD Nozzle Sconces by Jeff  Halverson. Two unique lighting sconces, created and fabricated from antique firefighting nozzles and steamer plates, grace the entry way doors in the Fire Station #5 main lobby. They serve to remind us of history and the vast changes in fire rescue equipment now and in the future.

Historical images welcome visitors into the main lobby entrance. Travel through the history of Boynton Beach Fire Rescue as captured in these photographic reproductions.  The window pieces were hand selected from the City's fire department and historical department archives. As visitors face the front doors (from inside the lobby, left to right) the images of the Boynton Beach Fire Department are depicted through the years 1926 - 1960's. The first image features our first Fire Chief, Charles Senior (wearing white class "A" cap, first in line kneeling) and the first volunteers along with a 1910 American La France engine. As you view the windows further, the same engine can be seen in the 1950's images parked on the apron at Boynton's Central Fire Station, once located on Federal Highway just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard. Our FD mascot "Cappy" is also featured riding high on Engine 5. The sixth and final image features Walter Madsen, Al Edwards and our fifth Fire Chief, John "Jack" Tuite. Note the Royal Castle Hamburger stand in the background.

Mosaic Floor Emblems by Jeff Halverson were created and handcrafted for the Fire Station #5 main lobby floor.  For each seven foot mosaic, the artist designed patterns from the City of Boynton Beach and Boynton Beach Fire Rescue logos he then hand cut each individual one-inch tile piece out of the larger tiles that make up the lobby floor. Once they were placed into the pattern, they collectively created the emblem mosaics.

Jaycee Park Interpretive Public Art Markers original purpose was to address the parks mangrove estuary and to educate the public about the importance of its existence.

Download Jaycee Park Public Art brochure

When the team approached the project it seemed that mangrove mitigation would be the story line, however, the collaborative journey brought the team to a much more exciting and larger conclusion.  It was agreed that pilings, coquina rock, decking, high pressure laminate panels and sculpted glazed tiles would be the perfect media for the interpretive public art markers. It's allowing for functional and interactive design for the project.

Through integrated public art and site interpretation planning, public artist Lucy Keshavarz and interpretive consultant Linda Emerson have created a holistic experience at Jaycee Park that educates and inspires visitors to understand estuary ecology, its direct connection to the Gulf Stream ecosystem and Boynton Beach’s rich fishing and cultural heritage.

This project was funded with a match using City Park impact fees and a F.I.N.D., Florida Inland Navigation District grant award.

Jaycee Park Interpretative Public Art Markers will serve as educational field trips for Public School, students, City Recreation After School and Summer Program students and public tours.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration took place on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. 

On June 12, 2012 the City of Boynton Beach announced its sponsorship of artist Paul “Paulo” Slater’s Jellyfish Drift Project. This project will assist the City to market its new Brand Promise and statement, “Breeze into Boynton Beach, America’s Gateway to the Gulfstream.”

The message the Jellyfish Drift Project delivers is to treasure the ocean, keep it clean and reduce the trash that washes up on our beaches. One of the projects partners, Surfrider Foundation of Palm Beach County, joins this effort with their RAP message which stands for Rise Above Plastic.  Plastic bags in the ocean resemble jelly fish and therein the connection with the Jellyfish Drift Project.

The Jellyfish Drift Project consists of Paulo’s Jellyfish painted brushed metal art panel attached to a light weight bamboo raft, outfitted with a GPS tracking devise and set adrift in the Gulf Stream just off Boynton’s Oceanfront Beach Park, 6415 N.Ocean Blvd. (A1A).  Another project partner, Jupiter Pointe Paddling, will provide kayaks and paddle boards to bring the JellyFish art panel to the Gulf Stream. The safely marked JellyFish art panel will drift northbound for a lucky beachcomber to discover. Once found, there is contact information inscribed on the back of the panel to follow.

The project launch is at 8:00 A.M. on July 7, 2012 during a Sandsifter All American Beach Cleanup in collaboration with the City’s Art in Public Places Program, Recreation and Parks Department, Economic Development Department, Go Green Boynton, Surfrider Foundation of Palm Beach County, Jupiter Pointe Paddling, Crowd Control Surf Co., Nomad Surf Shop, Jupiter Kiteboarding, Waves End Watercraft, Share the Stoke Foundation and generous public and business donations.

For more information contact Debby Coles-Dobay, Public Art Administrator, City of Boynton Beach, 561.742.6026 or Paul “Paulo” Slater, JellyFish Drift artist, Paulo Metal Art at 772.647.0112 or email lowkei@gmail.com or visit Paulo Metal Art-brushed metal illustration on Facebook.

Peter Agardy, an accomplished graffiti and public artist, was selected by the Art in Public Places Program process. As part of the Park improvements he was commissioned to create artwork that expresses the Boat Club Park’s character, proximity to the Boynton Beach Inlet, City’s tag line, “Gateway to the Gulfstream,” historical connection to Boynton’s fishing community and nautical lifestyle.

The mural on the retaining wall that greets you as you drive towards the boat ramp depicts the ocean, it’s importance and relationship to the community. Peter’s visual concept is represented in his words:

“When approaching this wall as a canvas, I consider the Ocean, and what it brings to the community in so many ways. Incorporating things such as marine wildlife; Fish, Sea Turtles, coral reef and birds perhaps a little twist on the classic underwater scene I would add abstract elements to give the mural a ‘painterly touch’ as I do in a lot of my work. With the tag line being ‘The gateway to the Gulfstream.’ I want to portray this fact in the mural. 

Staring at the left we have a shallow water habitat  with a Snook chasing baitfish in the sardine family. Then we transfer into a dip in the water line to reveal the Boynton Inlet’s North Jetty with fishermen on it , and a brown pelican diving into a school of Sardines. The sardines make their way offshore to our reefs so frequented by divers and wildlife such as Sea turtles, Jellyfish and small tropical fishes shown to the right of the pelican.  Next comes the transition between our calmer near-shore waters to our deep blue, and into the Gulfstream as we find it inundated with Sargassum weed serving as a nursery to offshore species and larger predators such as the Bull Dolphin pictured on the far right. Abstract shapes in the foreground and background show the ever flowing movement of the Gulfstream current pulling off the reefs northward  driving the sargassum with it.”

The second featured mural which is installed on the wall in the boat ramp round-about pays homage to Boynton’s historic fishing community and today’s conservation focus of the tag and release sailfish practices.

Again Peter’s concept for this mural:

“Having grown up almost on the water throughout Palm Beach County, I am a true native to Boynton Beach, born at Bethesda Hospital in 1984, I have been fishing, diving and surfing the waters off our coast for as long as I can remember and have used the ramp to launch our boat many times throughout mine and the park’s history. I believe the park to be a true staple part of my life, as it is the entry point for which all of the pleasures our beautiful coast can offer me and the members of our community.

Painting and completing the Public art Project in Boat Club Park was when I realized how significant the mural is to the community. Nothing but praise and compliments on the wall were given during its creation. The recreational boating, fishing and diving communities all seemed to be thrilled that not only the park was getting a facelift, but that the city was installing a mural for the public’s pleasure of viewing, almost hyping them up before they entered the waters!

I couldn’t help but notice the other wall that lies on the edge of the circle directly in front of the new bathroom entrance, almost as if it were made for a mural also! I was thinking about how wonderful it would be to be able to extend the Public art project onto that wall as well. I actually had many people come up and ask if I was painting that wall next! I feel that by painting another mural on that wall, it would really complete the look of the renovation, while serving as another beautiful way to get people exited about what this wonderful city has to offer.

For this wall I created an “Ode to Old Boynton” highlighting the History of Boynton’s fishing community, and how it directly relates to the conservation practices on the fisheries we enforce today, focusing more specifically on the cherished ‘sailfish’ which is of course, part of Boynton Beach’s logo, and history! I wanted the mural to start out looking like an old Fishing photo from the docks of old Boynton with the Captain’s standing by their catch, perhaps in a rich looking sepia tone or black and white/brownish and worn around the edges, then transition into someone fighting a sailfish in the same type of look, old photo style. The mural then transitions into the modern view on things, with a release of the fish, and it swimming away free in full vibrant colors. The ending of this mural looks as if it was flowing right into the existing mural I completed first.”

Peter is an accomplished graffiti and public artist.  He lead a graffiti artist team to create and complete the “Neighborhood Vibes’ graffiti mural in Sarah Sims Park, Boynton Beach.  Peter’s has displayed his artwork in galleries and participate in the 2010 and 2011 Graffiti Murals at Art Basel, Miami.

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PNC Bank, Public Art Green Wall an Environmental Landmark

 

Curated plants add softness, texture, and ever-changing color.

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Curated plants add softness, texture, and ever-changing color.

Sculpturally undulating supports recall the flowing “rivers of grass” in the Everglades.

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.

"The GulfStream" sculpture greets visitors entering the city of Boynton Beach from the south on US 1. Local artist Frank Varga created the piece, located at the northwest corner of Gulfstream Boulevard and South Federal Highway (US 1) along the city’s east corridor. 

The words "Boynton Beach" are illuminated by LED lighting and topped by an abstract 15 foot high stainless steel sculpture. Two marlins are depicted working together to surround a school of bait fish, huddled in a ball configuration to protect their numbers. The 3 foot “ball of fish” is made of bronze verdigris. 

The Gulfstream installation beautifies the community and is the first such public art sculpture in the nation to adorn a Walmart store. The design consulting firm Kimley-Horn And Associates, Inc. hired artist Frank Varga after the city’s Arts Commission approved the concept. 

For more information about Frank Varga, please visit his web site at www.varga-art.com or call his Delray Beach studio at (561) 278-7540.