The Magic Treehouse

Submitted by Dana Donaty Designs

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Client: Palm Beach County Art in Public Places

Location: West Palm Beach, FL, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $27,000

Project Team

lead artist

Dana Donaty

Dana Donaty Designs

artist

Dana Donaty

Dana Donaty Designs

Overview

The Magic Treehouse
9’ x 30’
Mixed media and acrylic on canvas

Palm Beach County Head Start School

Imaginative murals created encourage engagement in cognitive development activities based on Head Start’s curriculum areas including art, science, language, math, and imaginary, dramatic, manipulative play.
Three unique murals take students on a journey of unexpected surprises, beginning with the “Head Start Welcome” mural, which features an inviting park scene brought to life on the pages of an oversized book.  Followed by a beachside wildlife refuge in “The Early World” mural and a rainbow bridge leading the way to the “Magic Treehouse” scene.
Creative characters, scenes and stories support Head Start’s mission of empowering children, families and the community, and invite all to personally identify and visualize themselves in the positive learning environments depicted.

Goals

Artwork relates to Head Start learning areas
Artwork reflects positive inter-generational relationships
Artwork highlights local community landmarks and scenery
Artwork is aesthetically compatible with the buildings architectural style and finishes
Artwork will be painted with non-toxic materials approved by Palm Beach County
Artwork will have a long lifespan and minima maintenance requirements

Process

The project was commissioned by Palm Beach County Art in Public Places Program

Additional Information

The artist wrote five short poems for each of the match characters.