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Bristol Tower’s multi-million condos will also have $1.6 million in art


Bristol Tower’s contribution to Art in Public Places program is outdoor sculpture and related pieces

The $100 million Bristol tower, on the former Chapel by the Lake site, will have exterior amenities to match the interior flourishes of its multimillion-dollar condos.

The developer has contracted for $1 million worth of public art to adorn its grounds at 1112 S. Flagler Drive, meeting the city’s Art in Public Places program rules, which require an investment of 1 percent of a project’s cost.

Developer Flagler Investors has contracted with West Palm Beach artist Jane Manus for a metal sculpture and related installations for the waterfront site.

The city commission is scheduled to approve the work Monday.

The Bristol grounds will feature a public walkway and park-like grounds, “iconic bas-relief sculptures and water features,” landscaped with terraced hedges and royal palm trees.

Manus says her art is about “harmony with the environment and balance with human form.” She works with “minimal abstract form,” focus on positive and negative spaces, differences between front and side views, and on “the play of shadows on the surfaces.”

The Art in Public Places program, coordinated by Sybille Welter, is responsible for much of the permanent art popping up around the city. Under the program, developers either place art on public sections of their projects or contribute to a fund to pay for art around town.

Because of the planned size of the 25-story tower, The Bristol drew its share of detractors but ultimately won city approval.

Principal Al Adelson said this month the project, begun last year, has sold 60 percent of its units, more than $300 million worth.

Adelson expects the 25-story, 69-unit property to sell out by season’s end. The sales prices are astronomical, ranging from $1,500 to more than $2,500 per square foot.

The average size of a unit at The Bristol is about 4,500 square feet and costs $10 million. There are six penthouses planned, and five have sold. That last penthouse is priced at under $30 million, Adelson said.

Multiple purchases also are taking place. One buyer bought on a lower floor and then decided to buy a penthouse, Adelson said.

Another buyer bought two units on a high floor, totaling $25 million to $30 million for both units. One unit is a residence and the other unit next door is for family or investment purposes, Adelson added.

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