The City of Pompano Beach commissioned Mike Szabo (Szaboworks) to create a large scaled sculpture in front of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Standing over 15 feet tall, Current is an abstract reference to the infinite and dynamic flow of community, solidarity, and creativity that the Cultural Arts Center provides its citizens and visitors. The sculpture is fabricated from brushed stainless steel and rich patina bronze. The satin finish of the stainless steel softly reflects the surrounding environment.
The Public Art Committee was approached by a Pompano Beach summer Camp Hula Mundo to temporarily display an artwork created by their Green Team camp. The Public Art Committee is proud to support such a wonderful artwork created by young and budding artists in the community. A group of Junior Counselors in Training, in their efforts to clean the beach and protect the environment, decided to investigate the origin and history of plastic straws. From there, they came up with the idea to create an artwork entirely out of straws. The artwork creation was lead by Lead Artist Makena Vargo. It promotes recycling and the process of upcycling everyday objects that normally get tossed away as trash. The artwork will be on display until February 2021.
California artist Timothy Robert Smith was commissioned to design and install a mural on the back exterior wall of the Bailey Contemporary Arts in the area known as Artists Alley. The mural, Beach Scene on Building with Windows, is a realistic bonfire scene based off of a photograph. The mural measures approximately 21 feet tall by 21 feet wide. Smith describes his artwork as observations of the world from all possible perspectives.
Florida artist Donald Gialanella was commissioned to design, fabricate, and install a sculpture entitled “Pirates’ Treasure Chest”. The artwork is currently on display by the Great Lawn near the concession stand and will remain there for a period of one year before it will be submerged into the water and attached to Lady Luck as part of the Shipwreck Park underwater art exhibition. A ceremony celebrating this artwork will take place at a later date.
Lady Luck is a 324 foot tanker vessel that was sunk on July 23rd, 2016 as an artificial reef 1 ½ miles off Pompano Beach’s shore. This ship is one of the biggest contributions to Florida’s artificial reef system and one of the most easily accessible major dive sites in the nation. The ship is the centerpiece of what is known as Shipwreck Park, surrounded by 16 other existing wrecks covered with marine life. Shipwreck Park is a unique underwater cultural arts park with rotating underwater art exhibits. The ship includes specific themes, exciting underwater events, artwork and rotating art exhibits to create a unique dive experience for local and international tourists.
Shipwreck Park is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation of an underwater park system establishing artificial reefs, utilizing public art to raise awareness of the need to preserve and conserve our natural coral reef system. The purpose of Shipwreck Park Pompano is to develop and protect our coral reefs. For more information on Shipwreck Park, visit https://www.shipwreckparkpompano.org/.
Bailey Contemporary Artist in Residence and Mosaic Team Apprentice Cynthia Trezona was commissioned to create a mosaic mural in Artists Alley, located on the back exterior wall of 135 NE 1st Ave. The mosaic mural is 10 feet tall by 41 inches wide. The Public Art Committee created a Call to Artists in search of a mosaic artwork whose design was abstract and creative. Trezona’s mural is just that and can be described as a statement of color.
Artist Cherie Saleeby was commissioned to create a memorial for the tragic events of 9-11. The City of Pompano Beach’s Fire Department has acquired a piece of steel from the World Trade Center for use in a memorial for the 343 first responders that died saving lives. The Memorial is located in Founders Park. “Founders Park houses the Pompano Beach Historical Society, the caretakers of our history. When designing the sculpture, I took into account the scale of the surroundings and adjacent buildings. I wanted the sculpture to complement and not overwhelm the area. The viewer can touch the exposed steel which represents the backbone of the responders and their resolute courage. The piece suggests the spine of a hardcover book, helping to keep the pages together,” stated Ms. Saleeby.
The City of Pompano Beach commissioned artist Cecilia Lueza for the design and installation of a sculpture located at the City’s Oasis Water Reuse Plant. As part of the Oasis Reuse Program, all reused and filtered water is delivered through purple pipes throughout the City for irrigation. The sculpture reflects on water as reuse and conservation. An aspect of the Reuse Plant’s purple pipes is included in the design.
Oasis is a site-specific, signature sculpture that is symbolic, bright, energetic, and celebrates the mission of the Pompano Beach Reuse Water Plant. The aluminum sculpture is composed of individual undulant pieces inspired by the movement and colors of open water. The artwork is designed to provoke the effect of motion while creating a dynamic visual effect for the viewer.
Bee on the Lookout!
Something is buzzing in Pompano Beach! The City of Pompano Beach Public Art Committee commissioned lead artist Sonata Kazimieraitiene to work with five apprentices to create multiple mosaic murals which will be installed throughout the City. One of Sonata’s mosaic projects includes a ‘Trail of the Honey Bees’. This trail contains multiple mosaic murals ranging in size which connects the community and the cultural arts facilities through artwork and education.
The focal point of the mosaic project is on the honey bee and the vegetation it helps pollinate. Pompano Beach was built by our rich agricultural community. This trail encourages a spirit of unity by connecting the two districts together by means of art. Without the help of the honey bee and continued education on the importance of the honey bee, the agricultural community as a whole is at stake.
Locations for the Mosaics featured in the Trail of the Honey Bees, note some of the locations feature multiple mosaics:
i. 731 NW 3rd St
ii. Annie Adderly Gillis Park
iii. E. Pat Larkins
iv. Ali Cultural Arts Center
v. West Side of Broward Transit Center along Dixie Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
vi. North Side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Dixie Highway across from Transit Center
vii. 3rdSt. and Flagler Ave. by Ward’s City
viii. NW Corner of 2ndSt. & 1stAve.
ix. 1st Ave. & 2ndSt. (165 NE 1 AVE)
x. Holy Cross Family Medical Center located at 114 N. Flagler Ave.
xi. Bank located at 61 NE 1stAve.
xii. Bailey Contemporary Arts
xiii. Artists Alley
xiv. Kelly’s Chemicals
xv. 50 NE 1st St.
xvi. Civic Plaza
xvii. North side of Atlantic Blvd. and 1stAve.
xviii. Southwest corner of SW 1st Ave.and Atlantic Blvd.
xix. Southeast corner of SW 1st Ave.and Atlantic Blvd.
xx. Cultural Arts Center
xxi. City Hall
xxii. Commission Chambers
Project 2, Music Leads the Way has been completed and is installed at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. The Amphitheater is a 3,000 seat open-air performing arts theatre that hosts exceptional artists and events in North Broward's venue for art, music, and culture. The Music Leads the Way features music themed mosaic murals.
Ms. Kazimieraitiene worked with apprentices teaching them the craft of ceramics and mosaic art. Project 3, entitled “Community” is located at the Charlotte Burrie Community Center which is currently being constructed. Residents also helped place ceramic and mosaic tiles into the design during events like Untapped. The Community Center is tentatively set to be opened in 2020. Photos and information on the Community Center opening to the public will be posted.
Lead Artist Sonata Kazimieraitiene worked with five approved apprentices to complete this project as part of the Mosaic Team. This is project 4 and it is a floor mosaic located at the Palm Aire gazebo on the northeast corner West Palm Aire Dr. and Oaks Dr.
The City commissioned emerging artist Fabio Onrack to complete a mural located on the Bailey Contemporary arts in the area come to be known as Artists Alley. A resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fabio is a fine art painter and muralist with a passion for transforming urban spaces. The mural combines photorealistic portraiture with 3-dimensional effects.
The Public Art Committee was approached by a Pompano Beach summer Camp Hula Mundo to temporarily display an artwork created by their Green Team camp. The Public Art Committee is proud to support such a wonderful artwork created by young and budding artists in the community. This artwork is a special piece as it not only shows the talent of these children but it also promotes recycling and the process of upcycling everyday objects that normally get tossed away as trash. The pieces used in this artwork were found littered on the beach and thanks to the ingenuity of the Green Team a beautiful work of art was created. This was a temporary Artwork and was removed December 2018.
In order to support local artists and artists in residence in Pompano Beach, the Committee sought out artists who have displayed work at the Ali Cultural Center and artists in residence at the Bailey Contemporary Arts to purchase an artwork to be displayed at the Cultural Arts Center. Octopus’s Garden is a multi-ceramic sculpture created by Bailey artist in residence Samantha McInnis, The Clay Cache, was selected. The artwork is installed in the North Entrance Lobby of the Center.
Located at the south entrance of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, We Go Together created by artist team Gillie and Marc is a whimsical bronze sculpture. The artist team is based out of Australia and they are highly regarded in the art community all over the world. The New York times once referred to them as “the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s history”.
The City is in the process of wrapping utility/traffic boxes on major arterials and in several neighborhoods. The goal of the program is to reduce blight along the corridors by transforming a utility box into a piece of art. This beautification effort enhances the experience of all those visiting the corridors and will help to prevent boxes from being vandalized, primarily with posters. Once all rounds of the project have been completed, all Utility Boxes in the City will be covered with beautiful artworks.
Due to the original project’s success, the City has completed a second round of Painted Pompano fish entitled School of Art. The pompano fish is the City’s namesake and a symbol of the identity of Pompano residents. The project consists of 12 five foot tall fish sculptures each of the sculpture has been individualized by artists in varieties of styles and finishes focusing on themes of periods of art history.
Donald Gialanella: Steelhead
Gregory Dirr: Celtic Fish
Missy Pierce: Something Fishy
Sebastian Magnus: Cubist Fish
Mary Fragapane: Go Fish
Beth Dubow: Homage to Joan Miro
Carlos Inocente Gonzalez: Klimt Fish
Ivette Cabrera: Decotropolis
Marcos Conde: Poseidon
Amir Shakir: Endless Apogee
Alejandra Abad: PEZ Nouveau
Chan Shepherd: Geo-ikhthus
“Playtime” by Carlos Inocente Gonzalez located at 595 NW 21 CT PARK.
Created by artist Emma Anna, IMAG_NE is a modular sculpture that resembles a giant Scrabble letter holder. The artwork engages audiences to engage directly, photographing themselves as the missing “I”. The message behind this sculpture is that the viewer is to imagine themselves where they want to be, to dream, to be the “I” in imagine. The artwork has been decommissioned due to hurricane damage.
A meticulously detailed, hand-painted mural by South Florida Artist Carlos Gonzalez has been installed on the exterior wall located at 135 NE 1st Ave. Titles “Old Town”, the 98 foot wide mural depicts a timeline of images by archive photographs, existing landmarks and historic sites of the Community. The artist arranges these images in a fantastic collage were each one comes out in vivid colors to tell their own story about their time linking the past, the present and a brilliant future. The Public Art Committee selected Mr. Gonzalez’ design from the Old Town Mural Program competition.
The City of Pompano Beach’s Public Arts Committee was excited to support several proposals to participate in Broward100’s Inside Out project. Inside Out is a global art project that gives communities all over the world a platform to express themselves through black and white photographs. Inside Out gives community members the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement by capturing a collective message through headshots of individuals which are printed on posters, pasted on public spaces and archived online. This global platform allows people to tell their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.
The posters were temporarily installed on three buildings in the City: The Bailey, The Pompano Beach Amphitheater and the E. Pat Larkins Civic Center. They have now been removed.
Artist Renda Writer is currently participating in a World Peace Mural Tour. This is Writer’s 8th World Peace mural. It is located on the exterior wall at 122 N. Flagler Ave. The mural is part of a World Peace Mural Tour and international art campaign. For more information on the Mural Tour, please visit http://www.worldpeacemuraltour.com
The framework for this project is a Cuban Refugee Boat which came ashore in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida in December 2015. Through a grant by the Broward Cultural Division, Casey Eckles of Trash to Treasure created a project that spoke about the importance of maintaining healthy waterways. This eco-artwork is all about raising awareness to the connection between the kinds of products we regularly purchase and their full impact on the environment. Most plastic used to cover the boat was collected at local beach cleanups over a six month period. A recent report stated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s ocean than fish. By exposing plastic’s true life cycle and its effects on the eco-system, we learn to become more responsible via better choices. Under the guidance of the artist SusieQ, over 200 people contributed to this public collaborative. Some collected and/or gathered and cleaned beach plastic, others affixed one or more of the thousands of found beach items to the boat. Major sponsors were Flex Seal, Sailorman and Sal’s Towing. This project was located at Harbor's Edge Park but has since been decommissioned due to hurricane damage.
A vinyl wrapped mural installed on the Pompano Beach Pier Parking Garage located at the Northeast corner of A1A and the newly built Pier Street. The mural, entitled A Place I’d Rather Be, is by artist team Mike and Donna-Lee Savlen. The parking garage also is adorned by a series of twelve five aluminum sails (four on each façade). The design and fruition of the garage is due in special thanks to Currie Sowards Aguila Architects, Inc. and Kaufman Lynn, Inc. In addition, the supervision and management efforts by Lansing Melbourne, Inc., and the City’s CIP Manager, have made it possible to keep the project on budget and on schedule. This iconic parking garage opened to the public on June 30, 2016.
In July 2014, the City issued a Call to Artists requesting submissions from qualified artists to create a bronze sculpture of the Barefoot Mailman. As part of a public art project funded and managed by the City of Pompano Beach Public Works, the sculpture was designed specifically to be located on the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge. The top ranking artist was Mario Chiodo, who has completed approximately 30 bronze figurative sculptures, including many monumental sized works. Mario Chiodo has envisioned a fresh and new iconic image for the legend of the Barefoot Mailman. The artwork depicts a Mailman traveling at top speed, determined and focused, his supplies and mailbag flying in the air. Mr. Chiodoâ€™s sculpture presents a more exaggerated and exciting perspective for the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge. While the artwork is inventive, the detail and accessories help to capture a moment in time and continue to tell the story of the Barefoot Mailman. Chosen for its expression, dynamic form, movement, craftsmanship and attention to detail, this major work of art has been installed in its permanent home on the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge.
The Painted Pompano series is the City of Pompano Beach's first large public art installation. The project consists of 12 five-foot tall pompano statues that are placed in various locations throughout the City. Each of the Painted Pompano sculptures has been individualized by artists in a variety of styles and finishes. Two of the twelve sculptures, Splash of Splendor and Leaping Lady, have been decommissioned. An additional Painted Pompano sculpture by Splash of Splendor artist William Breamer has been commissioned entitled Splash of Splendor 2.
We would like to offer a giant thanks to the following artists who have done such an amazing job in making this project a reality:
Caron Bowman: Mermaid | Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele: Colors of Pompano | Brenda Gordon: Yellow Polka Dots | Deborah Gregg: Big Fish Small Pond | Brenda Leigh: Leaping Lady (Decommissioned) | Tim McClellan: Anatomy of Pompano | Missy Pierce: Pompano Romp | Agata Ren: Pompano Pop | Gene Shurakov: Silver Streak | Magnus Sebastian: Rusty Guppy | William Breamer: Splash of Splendor (Decommissioned) | William Breamer: Splash of Splendor 2