Check out West Palm’s proposed $333,000 glass art display at Canopy hotel


Big art wins West Palm Beach commission approval

The downtown hotel isn’t built but officials say banyan roots will crack through its atrium ceiling and pierce a lobby wall.

That’s not a construction defect. That’s the plan.

The city commission on Dec. 18 approved a $333,000 work of public art by Miami glass artist Terje Lundaas, for the Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach hotel, set to start construction next year at 1718 S. Dixie Highway and Trinity Place, just north of Okeechobee Boulevard. The work includes two pieces: one, a series of nine root-like structures that appear to crack through the ceiling and dangle 70 feet toward the floor, the other an 10-foot banyan “root” that appears to break through the southern wall of the hotel’s ground floor restaurant and crack into the sidewalk below.

WEST PALM READERS: Sign up for The Post’s weekly West Palm Beach newsletter here

In a separate vote, the board also approved the $65,000 purchase and upgrade of “Deep Thought,” a 15-foot-tall geometric ball of a sculpture, to be installed in Sullivan Park, 955 30th Court, in the Northwood Hills neighborhood. The sculpture stands near the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches property, near the downtown waterfront, where the artists collective Hybycozo brought it on lease to the city as part of the Canvas Outdoor Museum Show in 2016.

Both works came into play through the city’s Art in Public Places Program, which requires developers to incorporate into their projects public art valued at 1 percent of the development cost, or to contribute to a fund for art placement elsewhere in the city.

Developers of the $33 million Canopy, a 14-story, 150-room boutique hotel, chose its high-ceilinged lobby restaurant to locate its work of public art, a decision that City Commissioner Keith James argued was contrary to the spirit of the public art program.”This is not something people casually drive by and say, ‘oh, let me examine that.’ This is a destination,” he said.

But supporters of the project, including Commissioner Shanon Materio, said the location was open to the public, visible to passers-by through large windows and had an outside portion, the feature on the exterior wall and sidewalk.

Art in Public Places coordinator Sybille Welter told commissioners that her board of directors discussed the issue extensively and recommended the city approve the work. The “roots” will be made of hand-painted tubing, dipped in sand and interwoven with hand-blown crystals.

The Norwegian-born artist, Lundaas, designs glass for such hotels as The Breakers and Ritz Carlton in Florida, as well as for Royal Caribbean Cruise International and Norwegian Cruise Line.

The other piece, “Deep Thought,” will get gold-colored powder-coating, and multicolored interior lighting before it is installed at the site of a defunct fountain in Sullivan Park. The geometric structure, with a patterned, doily-like design cut from its metal skin, is big enough to have a door that can be opened to the public for special events, to allow people to experience it from inside, Welter said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

UPDATE: Boynton police reach relative of boy, 4, found alone in middle of night
UPDATE: Boynton police reach relative of boy, 4, found alone in middle of night

UPDATE, 6:10 a.m.: One of the boy’s relatives saw his photo on the news and is heading to the Boynton Beach Police Department to reunite with him, authorities said.  ORIGINAL POST: Police are asking for the public’s help in finding relatives of a 4-year-old boy who was found alone wandering around outside at 2:30 a.m.  Nasir was...
Sports & Recreation
Sports & Recreation

NORTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY Gym Like This! of Riviera Beach concluded its Optional Season at the Florida State Championships. XCEL Silver’s Naomi Burton placed second on bars and third all-around, Level 6’s Ashlyn Jensen placed first on beam and Sophia Roberts tied for first on floor. Level 7’s Faith House placed first on vault and...
Police responding to report on naked man find him with crack, heroin

WEST PALM BEACH POLICE HOME BURGLARY A purse was stolen from a residence in the 2700 block of Poinsettia Avenue. Contents included a driver’s license, Social Security card and bus pass. During a break-in at a home in the 400 block of 29th Street, two men stole $106,250 worth of property, including Gucci and Hermes leather goods, Tiffany and Cartier...
The best and worst paint colors for every room
The best and worst paint colors for every room

Colors have a proven psychological effect on our moods. And the colors we choose for our homes have a proven influence on our overall quality of life. Using color psychology, we can create a home that relaxes, energizes and focuses us where and when we need it most. It just takes knowing which colors to use in which room — and which colors to...
Sports & Recreation
Sports & Recreation

The West Palm Beach Fishing Club will hold its 16th annual Palm Beach County KDW Classic at the Riviera Beach Marina Village June 1 and 2. Last year, almost 1,000 anglers and 200 boats competed in this family-friendly event for $34,000 in cash prizes and an additional $30,000 in raffle items. Fee: $225 per boat by May 18, $300 starting May 1, includes...
More Stories