Susan B Katz Theater

Submitted by Suzi K. Edwards

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Client: Broward County Art in Public Spaces

Location: Pemborke Pines, FL, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $96,000

Project Team

Artist

Suzi K. Edwards

Public Art Agent

Grace Kewl-Durfy

Industry Resource

Scott Von Bommell GC

Overview

The mosaic and architectural ceramic project was won through a Broward County Art in Public Places award. The goal was to transform the drab building and give it an individual identity. I made large ceramic masks of theatrical characters: an Old King, a Villian, an Ingenue, a Hero, and installed them on side walls. I repeated the images in a painted, kiln-fired tile mural on the lintel. I covered the large eight sided front columns with vitreous glass tiles in shade of blue and inset handmade ceramic stars. I made more theatrical images and mosaics for the back wall.

Goals

The building which is painted a typical Florida peach, is one of a number of similar looking and identically painted buildings that make up the theater/college/high school complex. My challenge was to create an individual identity for the theater. I accomplished my goal with many mosaics and architectural ceramics, and by using a complementary blue/orange color palette. The theater stand out among the other buildings, and gives an artistic identity to the whole complex.

Process

I worked closely with the Broward County Public Art Administrators in selecting my design and materials. They visited the studio several times during the fabrication. I used a Structural Engineer, and a Licensed General Contractor for the installation.