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First VisualEYES Mural in Port Everglades

Broward 100: Celebrating Art of Community

From Sun Sentinel "First mural in Broward County's VisualEYES project on view in Port Everglades" by Phillip Valys


In Port Everglades, Bill Savarese stares admiringly at his just-finished mural, a shimmer of green, blue and magenta waves splashed across two walls of an administrative building overlooking the harbor. His mural lacks a title, but Savarese knows what it represents: a Broward County milestone. This week, Savarese and his 800-square-foot artwork complete the first stage of VisualEYES, an ambitious street-mural project launched by the Broward Cultural Division to celebrate the county's 100th birthday in October. Watch video
"The port is this huge economic engine in Fort Lauderdale — hell, the whole county," says Savarese, of Pompano Beach. "So I wanted the mural to convey that same vibrancy, to show how water and light bends and reflects the colors of South Florida." VisualEYES falls under the Cultural Division's fleet of community events and family-geared activities called Broward 100, a county- and taxpayer-funded initiative that kicked off with a block party last October and will end with this October's Duende, a theater and performance-art festival at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

 The Port Everglades mural is the first of 10 giant urban murals by 11 local artists that will appear across Broward County over the next several months. Built to reflect the personality and character of the cities in which they appear, each mural will spring to life using public feedback gleaned from a series of community engagement meetings with residents and city officials. Starting Friday, the public can visit the Port Everglades mural, located at 2550 Eisenhower Blvd. More from Sun Sentinel
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