DATE: July 24, 2013
Rainbows Swimming, Artist Mark Fuller
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky,
Broward Cultural Division
Port Everglades’ Terminal 19 recently acquired a new public artwork by artist Mark Fuller. Rainbows Swimming, integrated and installed with terminal layout and passenger enjoyment in mind, consists of schools of suspended fish mobiles located in the ticketing area and elevator lobby as well as the VIP waiting room of the terminal.
"This artwork will delight cruise passengers of all ages. The lighting, the optical illusion of color-changing fish and the three unique installation locations have created an engaging, encompassing and stunning art statement,” said Steven Cernak, Port Everglades Chief Executive & Port Director.
The artwork assists with way-finding and serves to enhance the visitor experience by evoking a warm, tropical and light-hearted sensation among the passengers as they maneuver their way through ticketing, security and boarding. "In an environment such as a cruise ship terminal, with its vast spaces, artwork can be a pleasant addition to the travel experience," says Leslie Fordham, Public Art & Design Administrator, Broward Cultural Division.
Constructed with dichroic-coated acrylic and hung on ceiling mounted tracks, the individual fish appear to change color as the viewer walks past the artwork. Additional visual excitement is contributed by multi-colored shadows that the fish cast on the surrounding walls. "The high-tech engineering displayed by the magic of the school of prism-like dichroic fish will engross the customers who patronize this terminal,” says Cernak.
The artist, Mark Fuller, who is himself an avid cruise traveller, says of the work, "I chose to create large schools of fish traveling in the same direction as the metaphor for cruise ship passengers headed to a common destination. By constructing the fish from dichroic-coated material, I make a visual correlation to the hyper-saturated colors synonymous to both Caribbean and tropical marine life. These colorful schools of fish are strategically-located within the terminal to subliminally direct the embarking passengers to their waiting ship."
Artist Mark Fuller specializes in the design and fabrication of contemporary public art installations that often have a way-finding component. His public works include Stent Tower for the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, the Pinellas Trail for the Pinellas County Arts Council, the Children’s Discovery Museum in Palm Desert, Ca.; the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial for the City of Hoboken, N.J., and Light Swimming, a dichroic light project in Delray Beach for Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places.
About Port Everglades
Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world with more than 3.7 million passengers annually and more homeported cruise ships than any cruise port worldwide. Ten cruise lines, one ferry and more than 40 cruise ships sail from the South Florida seaport including: Balearia’s Bahamas Express, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Line, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn. The Port's wide-ranging fleet of cruise ships provides guests with an array of cruise vacation choices from the sunny Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Port Everglades, where the best cruise ships launch and the greatest getaways begin. Details on the latest cruise offerings are available on the Internet at porteverglades.net or by emailing PortEverglades@broward.org