12,000 Sq. Ft. CityZen Gardens Adds to City’s Growing Offerings of Quality Public Spaces
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 10, 2018) –
The City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places (AiPP) program invites the public to the unveiling and inauguration of the CityZen Garden at the Broadstone City Center located at 400 Datura Street in West Palm Beach, on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. CityZen Garden is a 12,000 sq. ft. open space, an inviting place to meet friends for coffee and utilize an open amphitheater.
Commissioned by the Alliance Residential Company, developers of Broadstone Apartments, CityZen was designed by LeJobart comprised of local artists Sherryl Muriente and Beju. These established artists worked collaboratively with the developers and brought multidisciplinary Finnish studio Casagrande Laboratory to the project and local landscape architecture firm Studio Sprout to conceive, create and install CityZen Garden. CityZen Garden is more than a public space to meet friends or utilize the amphitheater. Individuals can also sit, read, play chess in the large Ikuisuus cubes designed by Casagrande or meditate near one of three Dudali sculptures created by Beju amongst the bamboo forest. The amphitheater also features a unique and entertaining acoustical effect whereby a speaker at the center of the paved circular area may hear only their voice echo back.
CityZen is part of the City’s AiPP 1% program in private development. The purpose of the AiPP program is to establish the integration of public art into both public and private development projects throughout the city to visually enliven the city, illuminate the city's history, diversity and culture, and foster economic development.
“This well designed public space is an exemplary example of how public art in private development can work as a collaborative effort bringing together artists to produce public artworks for a divergent public while enhancing the identity and character of our community,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We’re really excited about this latest public space offering for our community, and we invite the public to come take a look.”
“The CityZen project visually communicates the connection between the development and its community through the integration of public art and supporting elements,” said Sybille Welter, AiPP Coordinator. “Through this program in the private development sector, we can create these amazing quality public spaces.”
For further information, please contact Sybille Welter, AiPP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Art in Public Places (AiPP) Program:
The mission of the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places (AiPP) Program is to foster public artworks that inspire creativity, promote city pride, engage local artist, attract and entertain tourists, and reflect the City’s diverse culture and communities.