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Ripple Project

“Ripple…as a drop of water becomes a river”

With the ribbon cutting on March 29, 2024, Ripple is now officially open to the public! It's been a journey of several years, before, during and after Covid to see this amazing vision for to come to fruition, with ecoartist Lucy Keshavarz. Ripple is an eco-art project with a mission to beautify a neighborhood, clean stormwater and add value to the Old Palm City neighborhood. Ripple reconnects the Old Palm City neighborhood with the St. Lucie River at three distinct sites along SW 28th and 29th Streets. 

Coordinated by Martin County's Office of Community Development, Ripple was a unique project combining storm water treatment, artistic elements and community engagement. Funding for the project came from the National Endowment for the Arts (twice!), DEP and other resources. Support from the neighbors in Old Palm City was critical to it's success!

MartinArts vision 15 years ago to bring the concept of eco-art forward in our community by working with Ecoart South Florida to bring Betsy Damon, an internationally renowned ecoartist to Stuart, to create ecoart interns in our local arts community. This project laid the groundwork and understanding about how an artist-led project with community engagement can change a neighborhood. We couldn't be more proud to have started this conversation.