‘Foreverglades’ Floating Exhibit Space in Howard Park, West Palm Beach, FL

Project Background

In early 2019, Pixel and Timber was contacted by award-winning photographer Sofia Valiente to create plans and renderings for a floating art gallery to house her exhibit Foreverglades. The goal of this project was to create plans for a floating “white box” art gallery based on the design of a 1920’s era sternwheeler called Roseada but constructed using fiberglass pontoons by A&M Manufacturing. Pixel and Timber’s small contribution to Sofia’s project was the creation of detailed 2D plans for the gallery and a series of renderings used to highlight key features of the craft that were important to its patrons and location.

Sofia’s tireless efforts, A&M’s outstanding products and Pixel and Timber’s visualizations led to the successful funding of the project, which is slated to open in November, 2019. More information about the project can be found in this article from the Palm Beach Post.

The installation will be open Saturday, November 30, 2019 through Sunday, March 1, 2020 on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm. The installation is located at: Howard Park Stub Canal, 1302 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida. Be sure to visit to check out Sofia’s amazing work!


The following is excerpted from City of West Palm Beach City Commission DRAFT AGENDA June 17, 2019 5:00 P.M.

Sofia Valiente is an independent artist who was awarded funding though the Knight Foundation for a temporary art installation called "Foreverglades" at Howard Park. Foreverglades is an interactive photography and photo book exhibition. The Exhibit involves the installation of a replica of a 1920's freight boat in the Stub Canal Turning Basin which is intended to bring the goods of the Glades back to the original site, and transport residents to another time in history. The Exhibit will house an art exhibit – free and open to the public – featuring photographs that tell the story of Palm Beach County’s pioneer farming days. Sofia Valiente will reveal connections to this past using original, contemporary photography work, including images of modern-day workers, farmers, and more. The Exhibit will be open to the public for three months from Saturday, November 30, 2019 through Sunday, March 1, 2020. Proposed hours of operation will be Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.

The Art Exhibition License Agreement authorizes the installation of the Exhibit on City owned property at the Howard Park Stub Canal, located at 1302 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida.

This project was brought before the Arts in Public Places Committee which felt it was a viable project for the City to consider, however did not provide funding. The project was then presented to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee which unanimously voted in favor of the temporary installation "Foreverglades" at Howard Park.

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH JUNE 17, 2019 DRAFT CITY COMMISSION AGENDA PAGE 15 Section 66-13 of the City of West Palm Beach Code of Ordinances requires City Commission approval of design features for above-ground changes involving streets, parks, buildings, or landscaping, referred to as the “Face of the City”. The design features of the proposed Foreverglades Exhibit in Howard Park will be presented to the City Commission.

Resolution No. 209-19 grants "Face of the City" approval for the Exhibit and authorizes the installation of the Foreverglades project on City property.

Renderings

Though not the primary output of the project, the renderings below were used to convey key aspects of the gallery design, including structural details such as draft, wheelhouse, and ventilation; and functional details such as mooring and wheelchair accessibility.

Construction Plans

The images below were created to illustrate the details of the design to the evaluators of the proposal. Pages included details of the aluminum platform construction; superstructure framing; decking; second story wheelhouse; faux sternwheel; and a custom, wheelchair accessible ramp.