WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (February 12, 2019) –
The City of West Palm Beach has teamed up with Dreyfoos School of the Arts Visual Arts Department students to install a creative, new design for the intersection of Tamarind Avenue and Fern Street. The installation of this unique artwork titled ‘Migration’—otherwise known as the City’s second ‘Intersection Repair’ project-- is scheduled for February 16-17, 2019. The intersection will be closed to traffic during this time.
‘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. The design reflects the changing perspectives and styles of the city and community while supporting local art students. The temporary artwork will replace 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.
INSTALLATION DAYS (Event canceled in event of rain)
For students only:
Saturday, February 16, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The public is invited to come and watch.
For the public:
Sunday, February 17, 2019; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Grab a paintbrush and come participate! All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear comfortable ‘paint clothes’.
Questions, please contact Sybille Welter, City of West Palm Beach AiPP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org