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Boca Raton Museum of Art achieves prominence with new exterior and public art project

Designers and donors gathered outside the Boca Raton Museum of Art to celebrate the new space and lighting along Federal Highway.

A blue sky with clouds and large sculpture along a wide sidewalk marked phase I of the $1.8 million project.

“Now we have stature and visibility and people know where we are,” board president Jody Harrison Grass told Boca Voice Monday night. “The lights go on and it twinkles.”

The museum entrance was camouflaged by Mizner Park Amphitheater. Now there’s a 12-foot mirrored screen thanks to Grass and her husband Martin. Called the mending wall, it’s an homage to a Robert Frost poem.

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On the promenade are people sculptures by Hanneke Beaumont. From left, designer Margi Glavovic Nothard, museum board chair Jody Harrison Grass and landscape architect Roberto Rovira. Photos courtesy Boca Raton Museum of Art.

“The museum has come out of the shadows and there’s a new communal public space,” museum executive director Irvin Lippman announced.

Wall and promenade designer Margi Glavovic Nothard and landscape architect Roberto Rovira joined museum and city officials at the opening.

A trumpet call by Dr. Courtney D. Jones, assistant professor of trumpet at Florida Atlantic University, stood in for a formal ribbon cutting. Afterward, his jazz quartet entertained. Jones is also artistic director of jazz at FAU.

By Marci Shatzman

 

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