West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority presents Douglas Hoekzema
Downtown West Palm Beach is extending its commitment to providing more public art into a unique new venue: the stairwells of a highly visible parking garage. Eight South Florida artists will use the seven-story stairwells in the Evernia Garage as an urban canvas to showcase the essence of the Downtown experience. Work on the mural begins this week as part of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) public art projects that have created delightful, thought-provoking experiences throughout the Clematis District.
“This imaginative stairwell installation will not only enhance the aesthetic of the Downtown, but also decrease the likelihood of damage by graffiti,” said Raphael Clemente, DDA executive director. “The intent is twofold: to address a maintenance issue in the parking garage and to create public art.”
Each floor of the glass-encased stairwells will be represented by a different South Florida artist, approved by the City of West Palm Beach Parking Division and Art in Public Places Committee.
Douglas Hoekzema has been leaving his artistic footprint along South Florida since he earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in architecture from Florida Atlantic University. Hoekzema’s talents include architecture, furniture design, sculpting and other fine arts. His latest body of work melds the intricate can techniques of graffiti art and layered abstract forms that sprawl large walls and canvas.
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