Artwork Dancing Oceans Installed at Port Everglades Terminal 26
The artwork Dancing Oceans has been installed at Port Everglades Terminal 26, adding to an art project begun earlier this year by public artists Carlos Alves and partner JC Carroll. The project was commissioned through the Broward Cultural Division's Public Art & Design Program.
Dancing Oceans enhances the public art commission, which began with Waves, installed in March. Both parts of the project are integrated into a renovation of Cruise Terminal 26. They are designed to work together and assist with way-finding by providing visual cues to passengers, leading them toward their ship.
Waves, which features individually handcrafted ceramic wave sculptures mounted to a long overhead wall, leads passengers from the first floor waiting room toward Dancing Oceans - a mural that covers both levels of the elevator core walls on all four sides. Hand-glazed turquoise blue and green mosaic tiles arranged in gentle wavelike patterns suggest calm seas ahead and will delight cruise passengers. Schools of aluminum fish, mounted on short brackets, swim in front of the mosaic tiles, completing the folksy yet elegant mural and inviting passengers to head upstairs for the rest of the embarkation process.
Port Everglades Terminal 19 Acquires New Public Artwork
Port Everglades Terminal 19 recently acquired a new public artwork by artist Mark Fuller. Rainbows Swimming, integrated and installed with terminal layout and passenger enjoyment in mind, consists of schools of suspended fish mobiles located in the ticketing area and elevator lobby as well as the VIP waiting room of the terminal.
"This artwork will delight cruise passengers of all ages. The lighting, the optical illusion of color-changing fish and the three unique installation locations have created an engaging, encompassing and stunning art statement,” said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive and Port Director.
The artwork assists with way-finding and serves to enhance the visitor experience by evoking a warm, tropical and light-hearted sensation among the passengers as they maneuver their way through ticketing, security and boarding. "In an environment such as a cruise ship terminal, with its vast spaces, artwork can be a pleasant addition to the travel experience," says Leslie Fordham, Public Art and Design Administrator for the Broward Cultural Division.
The artist, Mark Fuller, who is himself an avid cruise traveler, says of the work, "I chose to create large schools of fish traveling in the same direction as the metaphor for cruise ship passengers headed to a common destination. By constructing the fish from dichroic-coated material, I make a visual correlation to the hyper-saturated colors synonymous to both Caribbean and tropical marine life. These colorful schools of fish are strategically located within the terminal to subliminally direct the embarking passengers to their waiting ship."
Duane Hanson Public Artwork Vendor with Walkman Receives a Conservation 'Dusting
Duane Hanson, Vendor with Walkman,
Sculpture-Bronze, 8' x 8' x 15',
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 1990
The public artwork, Vendor with Walkman by artist Duane Hanson (January 17, 1925 – January 6, 1996), received a “dusting” in April by conservation professionals Stephan Tugrul and Tin Ly. The popular artwork, featuring a seated 30+-year-old male wearing a red T-shirt, blue pants and baseball cap and listening to a Walkman radio/cassette during a break, is located in the Departure Level, Terminal 3, at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Broward County received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts' Save Outdoor Sculptures! program in 1995 for its initiative to allocate 15 percent of all public art funds to the conservation, maintenance and curatorial needs of each piece of artwork. This Broward County Commission program was cited for its foresight in choosing to conserve and protect art for future generations in what may be one of the few public art conservation programs of its type in the nation.
Duane Hanson was an internationally renowned American artist who was based in Broward County. He began sculpting figural life casts in the 1960s, often featuring quite violent subjects. Later, he moved to featuring life-sized, hand-painted and clothed people, in various materials, including polyvinyl, fiberglass with Bondo or bronze, often engrossed in mundane activities. Mimicking the realistic and blemished human skin, the sculptures are often exhibited with no clearly defined boundaries separating them from the viewer, with amusing results, at times.
Illusionary Public Artwork Fata Morgana Relocated in
Port Everglades Terminal 21
The popular illusionary artwork Fata Morgana, which was installed in 2001 by artist Ralph Helmick and associate artist Stuart Schechter, has been reconfigured to adapt to a more central location in the recently renovated Port Everglades Cruise Terminal 21. Displayed with additional lighting in a more central location, it will be of great benefit to the cruising public as they wait and mentally prepare for the sea voyage ahead.
Designed, fabricated and installed more than 12 years ago, the artwork represents an immense three-dimensional pointillist ship sculpture. Fata Morgana, the artwork’s title, means an optical illusion of water, also known as a mirage. The image of a mid-20th century ocean liner was created from a wooden model that fused features of the SS Normandie (1935) and the SS Independence (1951). A laser then scanned the model to create a point cloud data set which the artists manipulated via CAD to achieve a “pointillist” abstraction. More than 2,400 small pewter elements were hung by 30,000 feet of stainless steel braided aircraft cable, which was cut into 1,671 fine wires with incredible precision. The wires were hung on an overhead suspension grid and configured to form the ship and its reflection on the sea.
The artist's intent was to evoke a journey of the mind as well as a literal ocean voyage, with the core image being an illusionary cruise ship. “Spheres and elliptical shapes in warm metallic colors comprise the central upright ship,” explains Helmick. “Horizontally intersecting with this form are scores of cool blue and silver pyramidal shapes representing sea level. A mixture of warm and cool metallic colors on oval forms create an ‘underwater’ three-dimensional reflection of the ship.”
Measuring approximately 32 feet high, 16 feet deep and 32 feet long, the sculpture dominated the lobby of the cruise ship terminal until terminal traffic patterns were reconfigured to meet heightened security regulations after 9/11. Its new location is within the same terminal. Helmick conducted the recent move of the artwork, on his own.
Morphing of Metamorphosis
Medium: Sculpture -Metal
Size: 90" x 98" x 20"Year Installed: 1993
Morphing of Metamorphosis
The sculpture Metamorphosis by artist JoeSam (b. 1939) was recently restored by a professional conservator. The 90" x 98" x 20" painted metal artwork had deteriorated due to exposure to environmental elements and mold. Metamorphosis was installed at the Deerfield Beach Percy White Branch Library in 1993; at the time the artist stated, “I want to bring some fun, humor and warmth to the patrons of the library.” The African-American artist aspires to instill a sense of community pride and ownership in all of the public art he creates.
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