Royal Palm Beach OKs new public art for Cypress Key project on Southern

“Ring Canopy” will be permanently installed as public art in the Cypress Key commercial development. [Village of Royal Palm Beach]

Another public art piece has received approval from Royal Palm Beach’s Village Council.

The towering sculpture titled “Ring Canopy” by local artist Lucy Keshavarz will be between two of the retail buildings on the western half of the Cypress Key Town Center commercial development on the north side of Southern Boulevard, east of Forest Hill Boulevard.

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The council voted unanimously at its April 20 meeting to approve the sculpture’s addition to the project. “Ring Canopy” will be between two buildings that will be home to tenants including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Mission BBQ and Maple Street Biscuit Co. You can read more about that here.

The sculpture is 13-feet-6-inches tall, 6 feet wide and 6 feet deep, made of aluminum with white powder-coating, said Mario Lopez Pisani, public art professional for Royal Palm Beach.

Keshavarz has completed public art projects in Palm Beach and Martin counties. She founded Art & Culture Group Inc. in 1999 to connect the arts and communities. Her public art pieces include “Shades of Green,” a sculpture next to the HarborChase assisted living facility in Palm Beach Gardens, and “Emerging Mangrove,” artwork that is part of the entry wall to the Casa Del Mar community in Boynton Beach.

“Ring Canopy,” which is meant to be an abstract representation of a tree, is part of a temporary installation in Clearwater but will be moved back for permanent installation in Cypress Key, Pisani said.

The council’s approval was necessary as part of Royal Palm Beach’s Art in Public Places program, which was approved in 2018 and requires developers to set aside space for public art. The rules require 1% of construction costs from projects to be required for permanent public art, only for projects where the 1% costs are $25,000 or more.

The council in January approved two other public art projects, at a warehouse planned next to the Aldi warehouse on State Road 7 and at Royal Palm Beach’s Cultural Center. Read more about those projects here.


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