Colorful Street Art Project Aims to Slow Vehicles, Create More Vibrant Public Space
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (February 25, 2019) –
The City of West Palm Beach and students in the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Visual Arts Department have formally unveiled the installation titled ‘Migration’, a creative, unique and new ‘street art’ design located are the intersection of Tamarind Avenue and Fern Street.
Otherwise known as the City’s second ‘Intersection Repair’ project, ‘Migration’ is composed of brightly colored Florida reef fish swimming atop the intersection and overlapping lines of dark blue and purple colors mirroring the ocean currents. The design was created by students Gillian Dickinson, Isabelle Stratton, Megan Tachev, Dani Walters and Sophia Dawson and was installed February 16 – 17, 2019. The design reflects the changing perspectives and styles of the city and community while supporting local art students. The temporary artwork replaces the City’s original ‘Intersection Repair’ project installed at the same location two years ago.
The project’s goal is grounded in the principle that street-level art can improve the pedestrian experience, reinforce connections to the city’s downtown area, and serve as a visual reminder to motorists to slow down.
The location of the project—near the Tri-Rail station—is significant, because hundreds of Dreyfoos students ages 15 - 18 ride the train and cross through the intersection and four lanes of traffic to attend their school. It is hoped that this creative piece of art with multiple purposes will encourage motorists to slow down or consider alternative forms of transportation.
The project is funded through the City of West Palm Beach Office of Public Life in partnership with the City’s Art in Public Places (AiPP) program, Development Services Department, Engineering Services Department, Public Works Department, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. For more information, please contact Sybille Welter, City of West Palm Beach AiPP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aerial photos courtesy:Max Zengage, Dreyfoos School of the Arts