Public Art Projects

The City's Art in Public Places Program recognizes public art throughout our City.  Public art is commissioned to satisfy Public Art Ordinance 07-002; it also attracts cultural tourism, brands the city and creates a sense of place. We invite you to take a virtual tour of the public art on display.

"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.

eternal%20324%20x%20324.jpgCarolyn Sims Community Center at Wilson Park, 225 NW 12th Ave
The "Eternal Vision" Carolyn Sims Public Art Memorial project located outside of the  celebrates Carolyn Sims' contribution to the quality of life in Boynton Beach. Mrs. Sims served the City for 41 years as an employee in the Recreation and Parks department. This Public Art Memorial symbolizes the value of her community service. She embraced all ages and races, while raising her own large extended family. In addition to the Public Art Memorial a lifelike bust of Mrs. Sims is featured inside the lobby.

The Memorial project was created through workshops where community participation by naming and writing the dedication statement for the Memorial plaque. Field trips were made available to the studio of internationally known artist Frank Varga, who created the memorial. The purpose of these trips was to engage the public in the purpose and meaning of public art and to learn about how art is made. The sculpture concept represents the uplifting diversity of ethnicity and ages of people in our community.

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Neighborhood Vibes is a community public art project that transformed a 25' high x 100' long racquetball court wall into Graffiti Mural. By using graffiti art form this project showcased Boynton youth's participation in a positive outcome and contributes to the transformation and enrichment of the community.
The Graffiti Mural Project was funded by the Youth Violence Prevention Program through the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission.Several well known graffiti artists Pater Agardy, Doug Hoekzema and John Griffin taught youth the positive aspects of "Graffiti Art" as opposed to negative and illegal "tagging." Youth enjoyed the activity of painting and contributed positively to the social capital of their community.
The project created a series of community events called "painting sessions" that began on September 26, 2009 and continued through October 15 and 29, 2009. The subject of music became the visual theme and provided social investment which is key to the Heart of Boynton redevelopment efforts. An area youth Jermaine Johnson joined the artists group adding his painting of a DJ to the mural. This project contributed to economic development and provided capital improvement for the City.

2300 High Ridge Road
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.

horses.jpgMark Fuller's design intent was to preserved the history of the community and enhanced the shopping experience at the Boynton Town Center located at Congress Ave. The public art sculptures, ”The Last Pasture" and "Waterhole #3”, sited in traffic circles symbolically creates an island of pasture surrounded by the unnatural manmade environment. These installations are visual metaphors of the shrinking rural environments. "Eight Horses” are colorfully painted and silver framed horse portraits by Dublin, Ireland artist Fionnuella Mary Collins, neighboring the horse sculptures and pay tribute to the site's previous residents.

butterfly%20324%20x%20324.jpgOld Dixie Hwy. side of Seabourn Cove residential community located at 3501 S. Federal Hwy.
Lucy Keshavarz’s “Old Dixie EcoWalk” is an eco art project that reforested a utility easement into a habitat that attracts and sustains butterfly wildlife.  Over 62 species of Florida native plants, 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 – includes carved Florida cap rock sculptures used as resting spots, bases for plant identification tiles, educational interpretive panels and butterfly watering basins.
The informational panels actively encourage the public to learn about the benefits of this new wildlife habitat and the project’s energy saving community. The canopy will reduce the Heat Island Effect and CO2 levels, while the artistic elements 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, landscape professionals as well as for area schools and museums. It demonstrates how enjoyable and necessary sustainable design is for all species.
To create the Old Dixie EcoWalk eco public at project, Lucy Keshavarz, Art & Culture Group, Inc. and David Bodker, Landscape Architecture/Planning, Inc. consulted with scientists and Lepidoptera professionals, 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.

bid red fire image eoc2080 High Ridge Road
"Brotherhood in Mourning" created and donated by Ray Altman, Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Division Chief depicts a firefighter sitting on a park bench while looking at a piece of steel beam, a part of the World Trade Center donated by the 9-11 Foundation. 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 sculpture is 3' x 5' x 4' and is made of steel masonry nails colored in lacquer and clear coated in urethane paints.

"Big Red" by Dana Donaty is a timeline that illustrates the Boynton Beach Fire Department at the intersection of tradition and progress. Actual historical images  were blended into the continuous 19' x 4.5' mural scene depicting the evolution of firefighting in the City.

This theme continues throughout the lobby as seen through the historical window images above the main entrance. The window pieces were hand selected from the City's fire department and historical department archives depict City firefighting through the years 1926 - 1960’s. “FD Nozzle Sconces” by Jeff  Halverson are 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.

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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.

Jaycee Park Interpretative Public Art Markers will serves as educational tool for visitors to learn the historic, present and future importance of the City’s mangrove estuaries. This project was funded with a match using City Park impact fees and a F.I.N.D., Florida Inland Navigation District grant award.

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Peter Agardy, an accomplished graffiti and public artist, was commissioned to create artwork that expresses the Harvey E. Oyer Jr. 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. For Peter’s concept he consider what the ocean brings to the community and incorporated marine wildlife such as fish, sea turtles, coral reef and birds. He added a little twist on the classic underwater scene with abstract elements to give the mural a ‘painterly touch’.

The second mural which is installed on the boat ramp round-about wall pays homage to Boynton’s historic fishing community and today’s conservation focus of the tag and release sailfish practices. Artist Peter Agardy, a Boynton Beach native, incorporates his memories of fishing, diving and surfing the waters off the coast. The park has been a true staple in his life and is the entry point to our beautiful coast.

dicks%20324%20x%20324.jpg515 N. Congress Ave
Stephanie Jaffe Werner’s functional, whimsical and interactive 8’w x 4’d x 24” h sculptural artwork consists of three colorful fiberglass golf tees set into a hand cut porcelain and Smalti glass tile mosaic golf green. 

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Is an Indian sandstone sculpted by SOMPURA artists who practice stone-work for generations which represents one’s life for happiness, success and peace of mind. The sculpture depicts a person who is sculpting his own self out of a piece of rock.

in%20the%20beginning%20324%20x%20324.jpgCorners of MLK Blvd. & Seacrest Blvd.
On the corner of MLK and Seacrest, are three colorful lazar cut aluminum gateway panels that were completed in the summer of 2011 as part of the Seacrest Streetscape project. For the Seacrest Streetscape project the Art in Public Places and artist, Debbie Marucci, held five, 2 hour engagement sessions with four generations of Heart of Boynton community stakeholders who contributed meaningful imagery and concepts.  Debbie Marucci integrated these concepts into the 3 panels that reflect the history, present and future of the community.
The artist was chosen to complement her style and fabrication durability demonstrated in her artwork titled, Butterfly Mandela. Butterfly Mandela was purchased in July 2009 by the Boynton Beach CRA from the Avenue of the Arts exhibit and installed in the Heritage Park on the SW corner of MLK and Seacrest.

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

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The public art green wall 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 PNC bank building, but to create a thought provoking and constantly changing eco art project. Their objective was to heighten awareness of the larger environment that surrounds it.
A wall screen element covered with a flowering vine, wraps the south and east façade, cools the building and defines the entryway. An educational signage featured on one of the CorTEN steel mangrove sculptural elements explains to the public the local flora and fauna on site, as well as the sustainable building aspects that PNC has implemented in this LEED certified building. 

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Lucy Keshavarz’s, “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’.”
The highly recognizable red mangrove or “walking” mangrove sculpture is integrated into the community’s entry wall along US1, and appears to be “emerging” from the wall. The 12’ high x 31’ long x 1’ deep sculpture depicts a mangle of branching powder coated aluminum roots, custom tile leaves embedded into the cast stone  “tree” with water tiles and the waves that swirl with the tides all glittering in the sun.

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A colorful iconic 8.5 ton sculpture, titled “Cavalcade", reaches 40-feet into the sky, making it the tallest public art in the Palm Beaches. Cavalcade is a permanent Paley sculpture commissioned by the developers of 500 Ocean. Albert Paley, one of the world’s prominent metal sculptors created this sculpture to provide a dramatic silhouette when accented against the sky. The spire-like shapes projecting into the sky engage the quality and play of sunlight and provide a dramatic contrast with the sky. The vertical elements are Albert's interpretation of palm fronds.
Although the sculpture is not kinetic, the interlaced folded metal shapes indicate movement as if they are being articulated by the air from the sea. As the sun traverses, the play of light and shade dramatically increases the sculptures dynamism. 

water you and i 124 E. Woolbright Rd.
The haiku inscribed at the top of a public art structure at the East Water Treatment Plant is intended to symbolize the source of water and suggest the story of the 24 MGD plant: 
Water, you and I
  Sky Falling Thru Sand and Stone 
 Are You Thirsty Yet

One element – a 16-foot square pavilion with a drinking water fountain in the center - is constructed of 316 Stainless Steel plate mounted on structural steel framing. Designs in the polished plates, created by either flame cutting or various sized drillings, allow water and light to enter, suggest the sky, earth and water flow. The Haiku is visible on the inside surface of an opening that rings the top-center of the 14-foot high structure. 
Serving as a gathering place called the “Water Pavilion”, inside is a popular drinking fountain with an integral pet fountain near the bottom, and a bottle filling station which is heavily used by the public. Access is by a paved walkway that meanders through the ½-acre passive park. Named the Harmening Arbor Memorial Park, several trees in the park were dedicated to honor individuals.  
The second element – displayed on a portion of a preexisting 164-foot long and 6-foot high wall which partially shields and separates the plant from the park – consists of five aluminum panels, each 10-foot long and 3-foot high and covered with vinyl reflective film. Colorful graphic images depicting the sky, flowing water, and an aquifer blend with blue paint on the wall.   
By day, natural light reflects off the non-directionally polished stainless steel of the “Water Pavilion” and the vinyl on decorative wall. At night, strategically placed LED lights and spot lights illuminate the art work. 
 Both elements of public art were created by the Iowa based professional artist team of David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr. Their concept - called “Water, You and I” - was chosen from more than 35 respondents to a call-to-artists.  All artist’s submissions were requested to deliver public education and demonstrate the value and process of the City’s drinking water systems.