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The Metamorphosis

Submitted by Drummond Fine Art

Client: City of West Palm Beach

Location: West Palm Beach, FL, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $30,000

Project Team


Michelle Drummond

Drummond Fine Art

Public Art Director

Sybille Welter

City of West Palm Beach


“The Metamorphosis” is a site-specific, hand-layered fiber sculpture with acrylic paint on wood panel. The artwork honors the Mandel Public Library as a resource for everyone and a civic space that aims to advance society.

Medium: Yarn, acrylic paint & glue on wood panel;
Year Created: 2022;
Size: 9ft x 6ft x 4.5ft

Symbolizing life, knowledge and organic growth, “The Metamorphosis” is a fitting metaphor for the library. It is inspired by the philosophy that knowledge and transformation align and empower change and rebirth. The tree of life symbolizes growth, strength and beauty. The butterflies represent optimism and the limitless possibilities that emerge through an organic transformation. The artwork reflects the city’s aesthetics, cultural traditions and diversity.


The goal was to create artwork that represented the diverse, colorful and vibrant community of the City of West Palm Beach and honoring the Mandel Public Library as a resource to this community.. The piece magnified the rich cultural makeup of the community and their positive outlook on life.


The collaboration process involved individuals from the community and Public Art Manager the Mandel Public Library staff member.