CityPlace District In West Palm Beach Partners With Artist Steed Taylor To Create ‘Road Tattoo’

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by Holly Gambrell Mar 19, 2018 02:39 PM

West Palm Beach is getting inked.

CityPlace district in West Palm Beach has partnered with the City of West Palm Beach, City Redevelopment Agency, Art in Public Places and artist Steed Taylor to create a public art installation known as a “road tattoo.”

The road tattoo will be painted along Rosemary Avenue, connecting Okeechobee Boulevard to 11th Street. It will be painted on more than a mile of the road, making it the longest continuous street mural in the world. The temporary painting will feature a stylized combination of local native flora, Celtic knots emphasizing the power of the community and music notations for the jazz standard “Round Midnight” as a nod to the historic Sunset Lounge.

The installation is titled Genii Loci (Latin for "the protective spirits of a place") and will feature the names of people who have protected and supported West Palm Beach. Local artists, organizations, students and community groups will help to paint portions of the road tattoo.

Steed Taylor is known for public artwork, and is personally captivated by the relationships between roads and communities. He has repurposed common public spaces into collaborative art pieces in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Arlington and New Orleans. 

The art project will begin in April, and will be underway during Art Affair, a weeklong festival in the downtown district being held from April 7 to 15. For more information on the street mural, visit cityplace.com/culture, and for more information on Steed Taylor, visit steedtaylor.com.

Renderings courtesy of CityPlace

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