The story behind West Palm’s longest mural, among its most colorful


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Artist paints 581-foot-long mural on CityPlace garage in downtown West Palm Beach

“Hybrid Infinity,” the latest outdoor art to adorn a downtown structure, brings color to CityPlace’s Hibiscus Garage along Quadrille Boulevard.

The mural, which stretches 581 feet on the garage’s east facade, was hand-painted in three weeks by artist Frankie Cihi.

Cihi’s website describes her as a half-Japanese, half-American artist who moved back to Tokyo after receiving a degree in fine art from the School of Visual Arts in New York seven years ago. Working both on canvas and building exteriors, her art has appeared in fairs and shows from New York to Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

CityPlace owner Related Companies commissioned the project, turning the drab garage into a bright tableau beside the Brightline rail lines, where high-speed service to Fort Lauderdale is scheduled to start this month. The mural is part of a series of arts and cultural events throughout CityPlace in coming weeks.

The artist’s thoughts: “I hope people will see this bright pop — almost in-your-face mural and I hope it throws them off guard and makes people reconsider what it means to live here and be a part of this amazing city. There’s so much art around and so many things that inspire you in your everyday life. It is my hope that this mural contributes to that surprise.”

The idea of the piece was to synthesize past present and future,” Cihi said. “When you’re moving, it’s almost like a comic flipbook.”

— TONY DORIS



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