Monday, April 15, 2024

Moving sculptures in Boynton Beach

If you can, try and take a nice long walk around the city of Boynton Beach this weekend. You might be surprised at what you see. Like the trapeze artist suspended near a tree at the corner of Northeast First Street and East Ocean Avenue, or the golden two-wheel hoe at Dewey Park, or the giant dragonfly at 213 Ocean Ave.

In all, some 16 large-scale sculptures will dot the city Saturday and Sunday, on public streets and at venues such as the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and the City Hall parking lot.

Aside from one solar-powered work and one requiring human interaction, all of the pieces will be powered by the wind, and will be featured as a central element of the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, a free biennial celebration of “art in motion” created by the Boynton Beach Arts Commission. The elaborate works, from “singing” fish to sleek abstract creations and vivid, oversized plants arrive courtesy of artists from Singapore and several U.S. states, including Minnesota, Colorado, Virginia and Louisiana.

With the glorious development of the Boynton Beach Arts District, we’ve known for years that the once culture-starved city to Delray’s north is now one of South Florida’s most innovative hot spots for the visual arts. But with its international cachet, the Kinetic Art show is further elevating the city’s stature globally. And its reach goes beyond these totemic outdoor pieces: Dozens more smaller kinetic artworks will be available for view and purchase this weekend at the City Library and Exhibition Tent, including colorful movable assemblages made from bronze, stainless steel, flex neon, bottle caps, airbrushed PVC tubes, window screening, electric motors and other unusual mediums.

Because it’s also an educational symposium, visitors are welcome to attend presentations on kinetic art from participating artists like Jerzy Kedziora (“Whimsical Kinetic Artforms,” 10:30 a.m. Saturday), Behnaz Ferahi (“Interactive Environments,” 2:30 p.m. Saturday) and Paul Daniels (“Future Impact of Kinetic Art,” 3:30 p.m. Sunday). At select hours each day this weekend, the artists will be available for meet-and-greets.

Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention “Kinetic-Connections,” artist Elayna Toby’s community-based kinetic art project, which is featured in the February issue of Boca Raton. The artist contributed countless pieces of her own immense cache of discarded metals and ornamental gewgaws, along with hundreds of upcycled pieces donated by strangers, and hung them on strands on a historic kapok tree just outside the City Library.

The first community exhibition of its kind, the “Kinetic-Connections” installation includes a TV projecting “video selfies” from participating community members, discussing why they selected certain items for inclusion in the tree. If you participated, you might just see yourself, and if you didn’t, you’re still welcome to walk through the clinking strands and lose yourself in the atmosphere.

The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium runs 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday throughout Boynton Beach. Admission is free. For a full event schedule and locations, visitintlkineticartevent.org.

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