Location: East Water Treatment Plant, 124 E. Woolbright Rd.
This public art installation created by design team David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr symbolizes the source of water for Boynton Beach – the Florida Aquifer. It allows visitors to experience drawing of water from a well while visually making a connection of where the water comes from.
A large metal pavilion serves as a gathering place and outdoor classroom. The pavilion represents how water naturally travels from the sky, and filters into the ground sediment. Inside is a popular drinking fountain with a pet fountain, and bottle filling station which is heavily used by the public. The water source sounds represent how water enters our homes after its collected and treated at the new utility facility.
Inside the pavilion, is a laser-cut and engraved haiku where rainwater enters that reads:
Water, you and I
Sky Falling Thru Sand and Stone
Are You Thirsty Yet
A backdrop to the pavilion is a mural consisting of five aluminum panels. Each 10-foot long and 3-foot high panel uses reflective vinyl designed with colorful graphic images that depict the sky, flowing water, and an aquifer blend.
By day, natural light reflects off the non-directionally polished stainless steel of the pavilion and the vinyl on the decorative wall. At night, strategically placed LED lights and spot lights illuminate the artwork. The project is also enhanced by complimentary landscaping, benches and pathways.