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.
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.
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
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.
“Playtime” by Carlos Inocente Gonzalez located at 595 NW 21 CT PARK.
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.
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.
The VisualEYES project is part of Broward County’s celebration of its 100th year anniversary. The project features a select group of renowned South Florida artists who created ten murals around the County. The County selected artist Cecelia Lueza to create the mural for Pompano Beach. Ms. Lueza engaged with the community and worked closely with residents to understand the social issues and identities of the area. These engagements assisted her in creating a theme for the mural titled Visionary which is located on the back exterior wall of BaCA. Visionary is an evocative mural that celebrates Pompano Beach’s pioneer women whose important contribution and dedication to the community helped define the city’s history and identity.
The City of Pompano Beach Public Art Program commissioned Ya LaFord as part of an Artist in Residency Program. This was a Community Engagement Program. The artist worked with the residents of Collier City implementing Engagement Activities that assisted in creating a design for a final artwork that was installed in the neighborhood. The Engagement Activities and final artwork were based on aspects that would improve the quality of life for the community and create an artwork that is representative of what those living in the community would like to see.
All Hands In is mural space located in the reading sections at the Jan Moran Collier City Library. The mural was influenced by the community engagement and painting events with residents and children of Collier City. During the engagement events, this vibrant community and specifically students, learned much about abstraction, local culture, and how art can be a beacon of hope and inspiration for the Collier City community and beyond. The design framework of these murals, center on a theme of community PRIDE and revitalization, intended to celebrate and capture the rich culture, legacy and vibrancy of Collier City. The Jan Moran Collier City library serves as an important creative hub and gathering place for the community. All Hands In seeks to articulate the past, present and unlimited future possibilities of the community’s dreams and renewed sense of place. For this community, these murals reflect its complex and dynamic culture in many ways both seen and unseen. As such, both of the murals embrace an abstract visual composition that is both friendly, welcoming and a beacon of inspiration determined to acknowledge each student’s dreams and renewed sense of place.
The City of Pompano Beach Public Art Program was awarded the Community Foundation of Broward Grant- Art of Community Grant. The City, who’s grant is entitled Asphalt Art - The Crossroads Connection, along with Pompano Beach artist Bill Savarese and the City Utilities Department worked with the community and local schools in the form of community engagement activities and surveys. These activities helped lead artist Bill Savarese design 4 asphalt murals and 8 storm drain murals. The 8 storm drain murals were installed in a community event where locals helped paint the murals themselves. The 4 asphalt murals will be installed in 2022. All 12 murals will be located in the Innovations District on SW 1st Ave. between Atlantic Blvd. and SW 2nd St. and on SW 1st Ct. between SW 2nd St. and South Cypress Rd. The project created an opportunity to educate, energize, and engage our entire community while celebrating our City’s unique characteristics through public art.