West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority presents EMC
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.
West Palm Beach artist Eduardo Mendieta, who has other murals displayed around Downtown West Palm Beach, is coordinating the project. In the last year, his work has progressed from mere canvas and paper to large-scale works throughout Downtown. Two of his murals have been commissioned by the DDA. Smaller works can also be seen at Clematis Street businesses, including Respectable Street Café and Lost Weekend.
Mendieta and the DDA gathered a pool of artists who they thought would best capture the essence of the Downtown experience to create the two seven story murals in the Evernia Garage, visible from Dixie Highway and Quadrille Boulevard and Olive Avenue and Evernia Street.
For more information about Downtown West Palm Beach and the Evernia Garage mural, please contact the DDA at (561) 833-8873 or visit westpalmbeachdda.com.