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By Marie Puleo, Pompano Beach News Reporter

 


At its meeting on Feb. 26, the City Commission approved the 2019 Annual Public Art Plan, which includes 11 public art projects that are planned for the current fiscal year.

 

The Public Art Committee, which was created in 2012, is required to submit an annual report to the City Commission at the end of the 12‐month term, providing current public art program accomplishments, the status of public art projects in progress, information on future projects and an updated inventory of public art in the city as a way to improve the city atmosphere and improve Pompano Beach arts.

 

Before the Commission voted to approve and accept the annual public art plan, Mayor Rex Hardin said the Public Art Committee is “doing a great job for our city.”

 

“We get compliments from people who represent other cities,” he said. “Thank you for what you guys are doing to make our city a better-looking place.”

 

A total of $428,960 has been allocated for the following projects to be carried out this fiscal year.

 

  • A large-scale outdoor sculpture with a water feature is being planned for Community Park ($150,000).

 

  • The City has already wrapped 91 utility boxes on major roads and in several neighborhoods as part of a beautification effort. In the third round of the utility box wrap program, the remaining 24 utility boxes in the city will be wrapped with artist-designed adhesive vinyl ($4,600).

 

  • A prefabricated sculpture will be selected and placed at the south entrance of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library ($25,000).

 

  • A community engagement project will create a mural crosswalk on SE First Avenue, from the Pompano Beach Cultural Center to City Hall. The selected artist, or artists, will work with volunteers to paint the crosswalk ($15,000).

 

  • A mural will be installed on the Blanche Ely High School campus to honor Melvin Randall, the legendary boys’ basketball coach who last month led the Blanche Ely Tigers to their seventh state title and was recently inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame ($4,000).

 

  • One large mosaic or multiple mosaics will be created and placed near the beach along A1A ($50,000). This project will be developed by The Mosaic Team, a group of five apprentices led by experienced mosaic artist Sonata Kazimieraitiene. The Mosaic Team was selected by the City in 2017 to carry out four mosaic projects. Kazimieraitiene’s two-year contract was recently extended for an additional year in order to complete the beach mosaic project.

 

  • A free-standing sculpture will be commissioned for placement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between I-95 and Dixie Highway, on a median or landscape area in front of a building ($30,000).

 

  • Two murals will be commissioned by two separate artists and installed in ‘Artists Alley,’ located behind Bailey Contemporary Arts ($7,000).

 

  • An artwork will be installed in Collier City, possibly a mural or sculpture at McNair Park ($15,000).

 

  • A free-standing sculpture with exterior lighting will be commissioned for installation on Powerline Road, south of Atlantic Boulevard ($50,000).

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Before the Commission voted to approve and accept the annual public art plan, Mayor Rex Hardin said the Public Art Committee is “doing a great job for our city.”

 

“We get compliments from people who represent other cities,” he said. “Thank you for what you guys are doing to make our city a better-looking place.”

 

A total of $428,960 has been allocated for the following projects to be carried out this fiscal year.

 

  • A large-scale outdoor sculpture with a water feature is being planned for Community Park ($150,000).

 

  • The City has already wrapped 91 utility boxes on major roads and in several neighborhoods as part of a beautification effort. In the third round of the utility box wrap program, the remaining 24 utility boxes in the city will be wrapped with artist-designed adhesive vinyl ($4,600).

 

  • A prefabricated sculpture will be selected and placed at the south entrance of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library ($25,000).

 

  • A community engagement project will create a mural crosswalk on SE First Avenue, from the Pompano Beach Cultural Center to City Hall. The selected artist, or artists, will work with volunteers to paint the crosswalk ($15,000).

 

  • A mural will be installed on the Blanche Ely High School campus to honor Melvin Randall, the legendary boys’ basketball coach who last month led the Blanche Ely Tigers to their seventh state title and was recently inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame ($4,000).

 

  • One large mosaic or multiple mosaics will be created and placed near the beach along A1A ($50,000). This project will be developed by The Mosaic Team, a group of five apprentices led by experienced mosaic artist Sonata Kazimieraitiene. The Mosaic Team was selected by the City in 2017 to carry out four mosaic projects. Kazimieraitiene’s two-year contract was recently extended for an additional year in order to complete the beach mosaic project.

 

  • A free-standing sculpture will be commissioned for placement on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between I-95 and Dixie Highway, on a median or landscape area in front of a building ($30,000).

 

  • Two murals will be commissioned by two separate artists and installed in ‘Artists Alley,’ located behind Bailey Contemporary Arts ($7,000).

 

  • An artwork will be installed in Collier City, possibly a mural or sculpture at McNair Park ($15,000).

 

  • A free-standing sculpture with exterior lighting will be commissioned for installation on Powerline Road, south of Atlantic Boulevard ($50,000).

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