A dramatic outdoor sculpture evoking the beauty and power of natural elements and a colorful indoor mural melding street art with contemporary design, are the two newest additions to the public art at Port Everglades. Created by internationally renowned sculptor Alice Aycock and acclaimed muralist Leon Bedore, also known as ‘Tes One’, the artworks were commissioned by Broward Cultural Division in collaboration with the Port and are part of Broward County’s robust public art program.
Thoughtfully situated in a roundabout located between four of the Port’s cruise terminals is Alice Aycock’s dynamic three-dimensional hybrid of architecture and sculpture-titled “Exuberance”- that suggests waves, water, wind, and vortexes of energy. In addition to being a stunning work of art, it also is a highly recognizable wayfinding tool visible from multiple locations. Created from powder-coated aluminum, the sculpture’s color gradation from white to blue stands in strong visual contrast to the color palette of the surrounding buildings and plaza.
“WITH ITS UNEXPECTED BURSTS OF SATURATED COLOR REMINISCENT OF GRAFFITI ART, HIGHLY TAILORED SWIPES AND SHARPLY FORMED SHAPES, THE MURAL COMPLEMENTS THE TERMINAL’S SLEEK INTERIOR…”
As Port Everglades Acting Chief Executive and Director Glenn Wilshire points out, “Port Everglades uses its industrial landscape as a public art palette for artists to create visually stimulating works that engage cruise guests, and, in some cases, can serve a practical purpose such as helping visitors navigate through the Port.”
Invigorating the newly expanded and renovated Cruise Terminal 25 is Leon Bedore’s 75-foot long mural titled “Transcendence.” With its unexpected bursts of saturated color reminiscent of graffiti art, highly tailored swipes and sharply formed shapes, the mural complements the terminal’s sleek interior and makes travelers aware they are entering a new and exhilarating experience and exciting journey ahead.
Phillip Dunlap, director of Broward Cultural Division, notes the artworks underscore the County’s “continuing commitment to bringing high quality art to the public, which includes the nearly four million Port visitors who cruise annually.”
For more information about Broward County’s Public Art & Design Program, visit Broward.org/Arts.