Related Companies and Hilton West Palm Beach have partnered with CANVAS Outdoor Museum, the nation’s largest outdoor museum show. The CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show will transform vacant, city-owned lots along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach into imaginative, interactive, art-filled parks. www.HiltonWestPalmBeach.com.
The 10-day experience, beginning on November 11h, will run throughout Downtown West Palm Beach. Hilton West Palm Beach, owned by Related Companies and known for its repertoire of eclectic, international artwork, is collaborating with the festival and famed international artist Greg Astro to celebrate the importance of art within the community and create a large-scale public on-site mural. The hotel will host a cocktail meet and greet on November 12 to welcome the public and community to meet the artists behind the show as well as CANVAS Kids Day on November 13.
“Art is an integral part of all projects developed by Related Companies,” said Gopal Rajegowda, senior vice president at Related Companies. “When we were conceptualizing Hilton West Palm Beach, awe-inspiring art and creativity was at the forefront of our vision. Our partnership with CANVAS only furthers our commitment and inspiration by having artist Greg Astro create a large-scale abstract mural on our walls.”
Paris-based Astro is known for abstract murals that combine curves, dynamic calligraphy and shapes. He will create a special mural that will remain on the east side of Hilton West Palm Beach through 2017. His work has been seen throughout the world, including cities in France, Portugal and California.
Astro will collaborate with South Florida youth organizations including Place of Hope, The Urban Youth League and Boys and Girls Club on CANVAS Kids Day, which will take place on November 13th at Hilton West Palm Beach, where youth participants will help create a visual masterpiece.
“Although built by Related and managed by Hilton, this hotel truly belongs to West Palm Beach. Upon opening the hotel, our team embarked on a thorough process to create an art program that spoke to the destination and the world,” said John L. Parkinson, general manager of Hilton West Palm Beach. “By partnering with CANVAS, visitors of West Palm Beach will be exposed to various works of art from the moment they check in and when they walk throughout our citywide CANVAS.”
From November 11-20, CANVAS will be centrally located along the busy Flagler Drive, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach. The lush green space along the waterfront will be built into an outdoor museum accessible to the public year-round with rotating exhibitions and its annual show in November.
“This mural will mark the most southern mural in West Palm Beach connected to CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show,” said Nicole Henry, founder and curator of CANVAS. “Greg Astro’s piece is a very important bookend which defines how people will move throughout the CANVAS Outdoor Museum. It will attract visitors from all over to interact and take pictures with this incredible, museum quality work of art!”
To kick off the festival, the Hilton West Palm Beach is hosting Sip & Stir, a meet-and-greet cocktail party on November 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Galley, the hotel’s nautical-themed bar and restaurant. The event is open for the public to meet the artists. Galley will serve a themed art-inspired cocktail during the evening.
The Hilton West Palm Beach honors celebrated and emerging artists. Boasting over 1,300 art pieces, the hotel has global appeal and features works which were exquisitely curated from around the world including West Africa, Indonesia, Congo, the Philippines and its local home state of Florida, among many other acclaimed and under-the-radar worldwide destinations.