2014-10-30 / Top News

Wanted: A few good items for Boynton kinetic sculpture


A historic tree in Boynton Beach is about to go from kapok to kinetic.

The giant kapok tree will be transformed into a living, kinetic sculpture during Kinetic-Connections.

Kinetic-Connections, a creation of Elayna Toby Art, and commissioned by the city of Boynton Beach’s Art in Public Places is a multipart project designed to inspire people to reimagine everyday objects for up-cycling into art.

The public is encouraged to find everyday objects to bring to the Boynton Beach Library during one of three, free events between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 15.

Each object should be no larger than your hand, weigh less than a candy bar, be clean without sharp edges and have a hole or opening for stringing (bells, small pieces of hardware, trinkets, old keys, etc.).

Participants will contribute their items during one of the free events; design a section of the tree sculpture with their small items; share their “stories of stuff” on a set-up video selfie screen; then meet up at the kapok tree in February to see their treasures transformed into a community kinetic masterpiece.

Ms. Toby has been creating kinetic pieces since the mid-1990s, and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. She has had commissioned works and exhibitions throughout Palm Beach County for the past five years. The International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium (February 2015) is the ideal fit for her work, which led to the inspiration for Kinetic-Connections.

“For years I’ve had a vision of creating an installation in a tree,” she said in a statement. “This kapok tree is already a special landmark in the community. It’s been a gathering place for over 100 years. I’m really excited it’s the centerpiece of this community-inspired temporary artwork..” The location is not the only part of the project that appealed to the artist.

The Boynton Beach Library is at 208 S. Seacrest Blvd. in Boynton Beach. For more information, visit elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections or facebook.com/elaynatobyart. ¦

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