The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District have partnered with the Subculture Group and No More Starving Artists to bring two dramatic new murals to Downtown West Palm Beach. They are designed by a group of artists called Street Art Revolution and are currently being painted onto the walls outside Respectable Street at 518 Clematis St. and Camelot at 114 S. Narcissus Ave. Both pieces are expected to be completed in January.
The wall outside Respectable Street is one of the city’s best known for murals since it was the site of one of the first in the downtown district. This latest installation will be named “The Jam: Rock Icons,” and will feature portraits of five musical giants who have passed away: Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury and Tom Petty. This artwork is artistically reminiscent of other murals that have graced the Respectable Street wall in the past. It is the brainchild of Street Art Revolution Collective artists, Anthony Hernandez and Eduardo Mendieta, and will be completed in collaboration with Bulks, PHD and Mayling Pao.
Just off the other end of Clematis, the wall next to Camelot is being transformed with a mural of John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier. This installation combines the style of muralists Anthony Hernandez and Caron Bowman and features a portrait of the couple at its center. The design is inspired by 1960s youth culture and the Kennedy era, often referred to as Camelot. It includes nautical iconography and the family ties that the Kennedys had to Palm Beach. It also ties directly into the club’s interior design, which features everything Kennedy.
“The DDA has encouraged and facilitated mural art throughout the downtown as a way to enhance the visitor experience and enrich the lives of those who live here through public art,” said Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the DDA. “We’re excited to be able to bring these new art experiences to our ever-growing and vibrant district.”
About the Downtown Development Authority
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.
For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit downtownwpb.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.
About the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District
The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression.
For more information about the West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment District, please visit downtownwpbarts.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.