The Landscape Architect Trades
Ulrich Pakker's work is to be found outdoors in gardens and sculpture parks across the country as well as inside residences and corporate settings. Following an international competition, he was recently awarded the commission to create the Gateway sculpture for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida. Both large and small dimensions allow Ulrich to work different aspects of his art. He is attracted to outdoor, larger works for their magnetism of scale and design challenges. He also works on a small, finer scale, developing concepts and techniques allowing him to create indoor, or tabletop, sculpture for home or office.
The large, outdoor work often involves fountains. From the very beginning, Ulrich's sculptural fountains have been designed to work equally well as both a sculpture and a fountain. Year's ago, Ulrich moved away from the open basins found in most fountains because they distracted the viewer from the dramatic sculptural shapes characterizing his work; voluptuous curves, sweeping silhouettes and rings of metal balancing on each other.
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Pleasant City tries to stay in touch with its past
With redevelopment changing the face of Pleasant City, residents and city officials are working to ensure that the history of West Palm Beach's oldest black neighborhood won't go the way of the old buildings being torn down.
Longtime residents have come together in the past year to share stories and photographs for the Pleasant City Memory Project, an effort to preserve the history of the neighborhood. Plans for the project include a mural, oral histories and mapping sites in Pleasant City.
Gloria Williams, manager of the Pleasant City Multi-Cultural Center, said the Memory Project will help the neighborhood maintain its identity as new housing goes up.
Man seeks volunteers, memories for interactive Clematis project
Got an interesting story about Clematis Street?
Matt Hyner wants you to share them on a three-dimensional computer program he is building to share tales about the city's historic district.
"We want important events. We want mundane things that make up day-to-day life. Like people remembering they were near the Harvey Building when they heard JFK was shot. Or those simply recalling a beautiful day when they were shopping," said Hyner.
When approaching the downtown West Palm Beach, residents and visitors will greeted with an eye-catching light display on the exterior of the Convention Center. The County’s Art in Public Places Program has selected artist Barbara Grygutis for this project at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard for her design “Wave.” Five aluminum arc forms will be illuminated from within with kinetic lightning. Each unit will have a changing light pattern ranging from shades of blue to turquoise and green. The light sequence will be staggered by 15 seconds, creating a rolling wave pattern as it sequences through the forms. The contract will go before the Board of County Commissioners for approval on Nov. 20. Grygutis has won numerous awards and commissions including two National Endowment for the Arts awards.
The New York Times,
Jorge Pardo, the Los Angeles-based Cuban artist, has painted the largest canvas of his career: the 40,000-square-foot facade of a former warehouse at 1016 Clare Avenue in West Palm Beach, Fla. The building, below, is a sales office for 550Q, a condominium being built nearby. Mr. Pardo created the mural on a computer and supervised painters from Sole Scenic in Orlando, who finished it this month.
David Wasserman, the managing director of Wasserman Real Estate Capital, which owns the warehouse and 550Q, said that restaurants and health clubs now want to be tenants in the once undesirable building — a change he attributes to "a stroke of a paintbrush." ELAINE LOUIE