West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority presents KAZILLA THE VANILLA GORILLA.
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.
Cassie “Kazilla” Williams is a young artist originally from New Mexico and will be featured on the fourth floor of the garage. Williams’ style ranges between the street arts and fine arts. Since moving to Florida, her style has evolved into an edgy, colorful clash of those two very different worlds. Whether her art is developed around feminine figures or surreal landscapes, her unabashed use of color create a visual feast for all audiences.
“When the crew first came to survey the project space, we drew our floor numbers out of a hat. I pulled out No. 4, the green level,” said Williams. “I wanted my level to reflect the feel I got from Downtown, so after we left the garage, I walked to a nearby restaurant for a bite to eat and a drink. The Downtown West Palm Beach experience is so authentic and laid back. I never wanted it to end. It was then, in the middle of the conversation among friends that are all artists, that I started to visualize my inspiration for Level Four.”