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Gateway Art Feature Ribbon Cutting -
The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) held a public ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:00 am, to commemorate the completion of the Gateway Art Feature at the western entrance to the downtown area.
The project, a partnership between the CRA and the City of Delray Beach, is located in the public right-of-way along West Atlantic Avenue, between NW/SW 12th Avenue and Interstate 95. The ceremony will be held on the south side of the installation. The Gateway Feature characterizes the uniqueness, history and rich cultural heritage of our community.
The, Gateway Feature is a result of the City of Delray Beach’s 2002 Downtown Master Plan, which incorporated community input gathered during a series of public workshops. The project signifies the City’s commitment to create a seamless downtown along the Atlantic Avenue corridor from I-95 to A1A. The Gateway creates a substantial and visually appealing entrance to the downtown. Improvements consist of sidewalks, landscaped berms, trellises and six (6) 30-foot columns decorated with artistic mural designs. The murals that decorate the columns are a cultural collage inspired by Delray’s history, architectural elements and tropical flora and fauna, designed by textile artist Michelle Newman.
This $1.18 million project was primarily funded by the CRA, which provided approximately $983,082. The balance of funds was provided by a $199,760 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.
To learn more about the Gateway Feature or read the artist’s statement, contact Elizabeth Burrows, CRA Marketing and Grants Manager, at (561) 276-8640.
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