StAR is an interactive art installation on the water where youth sailing teams compete to maneuver painted sails in stunning formations along the Intracoastal waterway.
The memory of an art installation on the water was unshakable and the ‘Street Art Regatta‘ was conceived in 2020 to match competitive sailing with popular street art.
StAR officially launched April 29, 2021 near the Lauderdale Yacht Club along the City of Fort Lauderdale’s downtown Intracoastal Waterway. Youth sailing teams actively participate in StAR’s art installation. Award-winning sailing coaches at the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Facility guide sailors into tight formations ‘choreographing’ the boats and painted sails using competitive regatta tactics to create interactive performance art.
Artists were asked to envision ‘dancing on the water’ painting unique original images on each side of sail canvases. Noted painters who were not part of the street art community also responded to StAR’s creative challenge.
A total of fifteen (15) sails and thirty original images will transform the waterway into a theater of street and pop art imagery delighting audiences with sailing tricks.
2022/02/09 - 2022/02/09
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The free sailing event the afternoon of February 9, 2022 is followed by an auction sponsored by GAC, Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation with generous support from individuals, artists and organizations including the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department, Quantum Sails and the New River Fine Art Gallery.
Join us as we launch a new art auction event featuring several sails painted by local and international guest artists. Auction details will be announced January 6, 2022.
The evening auction will occur immediately after the public event 4- 6 PM at the Lauderdale Yacht Club February 9, 2022 to benefit sailing and art scholarships for merited students in South Florida.
Grant funding from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Broward County Cultural Division supports StAR's free public event.
In 2006, the late Miami-based Florida Hall of Fame Artist, Purvis Young, painted thirty foot sails for the Winterfest Boat Parade. Audiences were amazed at the Artist's iconic images which appeared to move across the sail canvas pressed by the evening ocean breeze.
In subsequent years, local, national and international artists joined a new non-profit initiative (COAT) creating walkable galleries in South Florida communities painting murals across multiple buildings on city blocks to revitalize neighborhoods and business collaboration.