Three designs will be created and mixed throughout the length of the planned mural.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (April 16, 2018)— The creation and installation of a dynamic work of street art that will connect the Downtown and Historic Northwest gets underway on April 17, 2018 by noted street artist Steed Taylor. The artist was commissioned by the City of West Palm Beach, the Community Redevelopment Agency, and Related Companies for the purpose of creating an original large scale, temporary public artwork street mural—or ‘road tattoo’—on Rosemary Avenue commencing at Okeechobee Boulevard and continuing north to 11th Street. Residents should be aware of periodic street closures in the area from April 17, 2018 – May 1, 2018 (see attached schedule).
Three designs will be created and mixed throughout the length of the planned mural: Genii Loci will be a 1.2 mile, three color design that includes Florida native flowers and plants; a braided Celtic design symbolizing connectedness; and, at the entry point to the Historic Northwest district, the musical scale and notations representing the jazz standard “Round Midnight”. Genii Locii is expected to be the longest street tattoo ever made to showcase the power of the community like never before.
“Steed Taylor’s road tattoo is one of several ways the City is working to rejoin the Historic Northwest and the Downtown,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “It’s our hope that, by walking the length of the installation, residents and visitors will better connect with the public spaces in our City and also other neighborhoods and communities.”
The art will also achieve three goals suggested by Gehl Studios with whom the City contracted to find ways to improve quality of life of residents in our community. The three goals include:
· Creating a safe and interesting crossing at Rosemary and Banyan Boulevard;
· Utilizing art as a tool to create an eye-catching path along Rosemary;
· Implementation of traffic calming measures on Rosemary through alternative methods.
The creation and installation will begin April 17, 2018 and run through May 1, 2018. It will feature the work of several local artists, students, and community groups who will lend their hands and creativity to the painting.
STREET TATTOO INSTALLATION DATES & STREET CLOSURES:
4/17-18: Rosemary between Okeechobee Blvd. and Hibiscus Street; 2 DAY CLOSING
4/19-20: Rosemary between Hibiscus Street and Fern Street; 2 DAY CLOSING
4/21-22: Rosemary between 2nd Street and 5th Street; 2 DAY CLOSING
4/22: Intersection of Rosemary and Evernia; NIGHT CLOSING (Intersection closed 8PM – 3AM.)
4/23-24: Rosemary between 5th Street and 8th Street; 2 DAY CLOSING
4/25-27: Rosemary between 8th Street and 11th Street, 3 DAY CLOSING
4/28-29: Rosemary between Datura Street and 2nd Street (including Clematis intersection); 2 DAY CLOSING
4/28: Intersection of Banyan and Rosemary; NIGHT CLOSING (Intersection closed 8PM – 3AM.)
4/29: Intersection of 3rd Street and Rosemary; NIGHT CLOSING (Intersection closed 8PM – 3AM.)
4/30-01: Rosemary between Fern Street and Datura Street; 2 DAY CLOSING
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Born near Fayetteville, North Carolina and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA in English and Studio Art concentrating in intaglio etching), and American University in Washington, DC (MBA in Marketing) and the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Steed Taylor's art practice includes public artwork as well as work for gallery settings.
His art has been shown around the country including the Bronx Museum, the Mint Museum, the San Bernardino County Museum, and the Neuberger Museum of Art's 2001 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art. Besides extensive showings in the New York metropolitan area, his solo shows include The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, Florida and Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy.
Recent commissions for his public artwork include the cities of Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Arlington, VA and New Orleans, LA, the North Carolina Museum of Art, Duke University, Riverside Park in New York City, Florida State University and Columbus College of Art & Design. Recent lectures include the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America to Playboy Magazine.
An activist for many years, he has worked with a wide variety of both arts and AIDS organizations including the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Artists Board of Artists Space, Brio Awards Panelist for the Bronx Council on the Arts, Board of Directors for Visual AIDS 1995-1998 and 2010 to present, Co-Chair of the 21st Century Committee for the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture 1999-2005, Board of Directors of Cannabis Cares from 1999 to present and Curator for HIV Law Project Silent Auction 2010 and 2012.
For more information about Steed Taylor, please visit: http://www.steedtaylor.com/.