Public Art in Martin County
In 1997, Martin County established a public art program that included on-going funding for new artworks and the appointment of the Martin County Public Art Advisory Board (PAAB). The collection of the Public Art program includes sculptures, mobiles, stained glass windows, murals, mosaics, benches, photographs, and quilts. The artworks are situated in libraries, fire stations, community centers, administration buildings, parks, and other county owned properties.
The nine volunteers appointed to the PAAB, by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, strive to make each artwork relevant to the building and surrounding neighborhood. The PAAB determines a theme or purpose for the artwork, asks artists to apply, selects an artist and approves the final artwork.
Funding is generated by an allocation of 1% of the construction cost of a new or remodeled county buildings, regional parks greater than 50 acres and parking facilities.
The mission of Art in Public Places is to enhance the quality of the visual environment in the Martin County community, both natural and constructed, in order to:
- Promote the spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic enrichment of the community through public art
- Select a diversity of public art for Martin County, Florida
- Select works of art which have aesthetic and technical merit and are appropriate in context to the location
- Select artists who are professionally and technically competent
- Disperse public art throughout Martin County, Florida in such a manner that it is visible and accessible to the greatest number of people.
A mosaic mural for the Public Restroom at Stuart Beach has been completed by Stuart artist Brenda Leigh. Heather Ackers and Taylor Komara, both Jensen Beach High School students, interned with Brenda Leigh and helped her with this project. The Stuart Beach Public Restroom is wrapped with a mosaic, bas relief incorporating Taylor's design and Heather's use of coral in her design. This design is an educational one as well as artistic design to bring attention to our local reef and shoreline.
On December 12, 2011, the SEA project was permanently installed for public viewing at Hobe Sound Beach. More than 150 students from Jensen Beach High School worked with artist Mia Lindberg to create a full-scale mosaic sculpture of a loggerhead sea turtle for the project. The project integrates aesthetic elements with educational counterparts. The piece was inspired by the nesting of the endangered species and was constructed in hopes to create more public awareness of the issue. In January of this year, South Fork High School students will be working with landscape architect Meg Whitmer to establish landscaping using native plants at the project site. They will also be working with professional graphic designers on educational signage to be put on permanent display. The SEA Project as an entirety has not only made Martin County a more beautiful place, but it has created awareness and has provided another educational outlet for the public and everyone that has lent a hand in the effort.
Completed Art in Public Places Projects
Hobe Sound Public Library 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound.
Shell Game sculpture by Charlotte Lees
Robert Morgade Library in Port Salerno 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart. Avian Muse, a mobile by Harry McDaniel (seen at right)
Hobe Sound Civic Center 8980 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound Mural created by Hobe Sound Fine Arts League
Martin County Jail 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart
Oasis, a tile bench by Glenn Schwaiger
Port Salerno Fire Station 4725 SE Dixie Highway, Port Salerno, Antique hose sculpture by Terry Thommes
Hoke Library in Jensen Beach 1150 NW Jack Williams Way, Jensen Beach, The Poet, by sculptor Dam de Nogales
Indiantown Public Library 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown, Stained glass by Chris Dutch
New Monrovia Community Center 5851 SE Community Drive, Stuart Quilt by artist Stephanie Kimura
County Administration Building/Commission Chambers 2401 SE Monterey Rd , Stuart Photography exhibit by Amy Knootz Knippel
Halpatiokee Regional Park 7645 SE Lost River Road, Stuart: native animal mosaics by Jessica Gorlin-Liddell located near each refreshment stand, and Wind Games by May & Watkins Design
House of Refuge 301 SE Mac Arthur Boulevard, Stuart Artistic gate created by George Goddard
Open Calls to Artists
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