CORAL SPRINGS, FL. - For weeks, crews slowly built what looked like a giant billboard outside Panthers IceDen on Sample Road and Sportsplex Drive, making many passing drivers coming off the Sawgrass Expressway wonder: what the heck is that?
In recent days, the mystery was resolved as words “Peace & Love” made from thousands of silk flowers were added to what city officials are calling a “super billboard” -- a sculpture that is part of the “Power of Art” project made possible by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The 130-feet-long X 30-feet-high structure was designed by award-winning, multi-disciplinary artists Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar, of R&R Studios. Organizers are looking to “create an instant square, a place of awe and recollection and a beacon of compassion and care for our community,” according to “Power of Art” website.
The PEACE & LOVE installation will open to visitors on Feb. 14, the second anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. The structure is expected to draw thousands of visitors until it is removed in May 2020, according to the website.
Coral Springs, in partnership with Parkland, received $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2018 through its Public Art Challenge for the “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art.” The project is aimed at bringing the community together through art and reflection as a way to heal following the school shooting.