POMPANO BEACH: MARINE LIFE ART BY DENNIS FRIEL IS PLANNED FOR CITY BRIDGES
BY MARIE PULEO | POMPANO BEACH NEWS REPORTER
POMPANO BEACH: The recently revamped Atlantic Boulevard Bridge features marine-inspired murals by local artist Dennis Friel, and now there are plans for some neighborhood bridges in Pompano Beach to also be adorned with Friel’s artwork.
A number of bridges are being replaced or improved with money from the city’s G.O. Bond, and the plan is for these bridges to include marine life graphics created by Friel.
The bridges that are being replaced or improved with G.O. Bond funding are the McNab Road Bridge, the SE 5th Avenue Bridge, the Terra Mar Bridge, and two bridges in Palm Aire over the C-14 canal.
The SE 6th Terrace Bridge in the Garden Isles neighborhood is being rebuilt with funding from the city’s Capital Improvements Program, but is also targeted to have Friel’s marine life artwork.
The graphics for each bridge will be designed to meet localized field conditions, but the idea is for the artwork to be placed either at street level on both entrances of a bridge or on the railings – or possibly both – according to Horacio Danovich, the city’s capital improvement and Innovation District director. The artwork on the bridges will be enhanced with lighting.
The SE 5th Avenue Bridge is expected to start construction first, possibly in January 2021.
Danovich said the goal is to eventually carry over the theme of marine-related artwork to the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge and the NE 14th Street Causeway Bridge, but funding for that would not be available for three or more years.
Photos of Dennis Friel working on the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge by Jeff Graves. Graphics courtesy of D. Friel – Connected by Water.