WEST PALM BEACH — The outsized origami-shaped paper airplane and crane sculptures planned for South Olive Park will have to alight elsewhere, after the Parks and Rec Advisory Committee deemed them unsafe for the kid-populated park.

Local artist Eduardo Mendieta has been asked to identify a new spot in the city for his “Origami Chain Link Fence Sculptures,” according to Sybille Welter, West Palm Beach’s Art in Public Places Program Coordinator.

Mendieta, whose murals can be seen on a number of buildings around town, was awarded the public art after a call for Palm Beach County artists. As reported in The Palm Beach Post on Saturday, his project’s three pieces include a boat, an airplane and a crane made of fencing materials and resemble works of folded paper.

But city commission approval, which had been scheduled for Monday, has been delayed to give the artist time to find a new location for the three pieces, Welter said.

“They were concerned that, since was close to a kids play area, the kids would climb it,” Mendieta said Monday.

An alternative location under discussion is along the trail in Dreher Park, also in the city’s South End. The origami bird might go in front of the Palm Beach Zoo and the plane and boat would go toward the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

Mendieta said he’d be happy with that location because Dreher Park is his neighborhood park.

His theme for the project developed from the evolving meaning of the phrase “mend fences.” It originally meant to take care of one’s own interests but came to mean to rebuild relationships.

Each piece will incorporate the words love, peace and hope, in the form of a doodle.

The cost will total $18,000, paid from the city’s Art in Public Places fund, which contains money contributed by developers.


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