Client: Palm Beach County Art in Public Places, for Southwinds Golf Clubhouse
Location: Boca Raton, FL, United States
Completion date: 2010
Artwork budget: $25,000
EarthArtists Clay Studio
Public Art Agent
Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places Program
“Serenity Shared” Sculpted Tile Mural was created for Palm Beach Co AIPP, at Southwinds Golf Clubhouse, as a series of 16 clay panels depicting the native Florida flora & Fauna. The high-relief panels were sculpted in one piece, then cut for drying and kiln firing. Glazes were applied for the 2nd firing. The course is host to wading birds, mammals & butterfly habitats. The murals range in size from the 2 large 4'tall X 9'wide front entry murals to the 12 column murals at 4't X 1'w. Ceramic tiles are low maintenance and long lasting for exterior projects.
Project Goals:• Artwork evokes beauty and serenity, and complements the recreational spirit of the place.
• Artwork conveys the ecological aspects of the Southwinds Golf Course environment.
• Artwork is aesthetically compatible with the building’s architectural style and finishes.
• Materials are easy to maintain and durable for the South Florida environment.
Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program sought to commission a visual arts professional to create artistic environments, in dialogue with the proposed architecture, surrounding natural habitats and leisure activities of the Southwinds Golf Clubhouse facility.
Artwork designed for the walls within the covered, open-air foyer will enhance guests’ sense of arrival and provide a visual transition from the facility’s exterior to interior.
The Southwinds Golf Course is actively engaged in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. Tying in with environmental public education efforts, commissioned artwork will convey the ecological aspects of Southwinds Golf Course environment.
Tracy created the mural to entertain, educate and amuse. "I want the viewer to discover and 'be surprised' each time they pass by. My intention is to fully capture the beauty and serenity of the natural environments and habitats that are maintained to exist and be shared by the visitors to Southwinds Golf Course." Over 50 native plant and animal species were incorporated.