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Public Art

No matter if you live in a large city or a small town, every place has something to celebrate.  Showcase the best that your area has to offer with a gorgeous public art display that’s sure to gain praise by all who see it.  Honor the accomplishments of hometown heroes or share moments in time that have made your town great.

Size: 36" x 30" Aluminum Star
Purpose: Pay tribute to past graduate from Polytechnic High School of Long Beach, CA
Medium: Aluminum cast

The stars of Polytechnic High have come to rest on the fence of the Long Beach, California Polytechnic High School. The stars depict some of the iconic graduates from the school that have gone on to fame; every star tells a story of its owner, with photographs in relief on alumnium metal. The PhotoRelief technique sculpts out the images of the photographs which give each star a unique look, a continuous reminder for every student that stars really are within their reach.

Size: (3) panel of 30 inches X 60 inches
Purpose: To pay tribute to the McBride Teen Center
Medium: Mix Media on Plywood

This stunning commemorative art mural adorns the new Ernest McBride Sr. Teen Center depicts important landmarks in Mr. McBride’s life, fusing them together into one cohesive piece of art. The sides of the mural show his love for baseball, the opposite panel incorporates the Long Beach skyline. The central panel shows Mr. McBride’s philosophy on life which is given in base relief to those that will gather in the center, inspiring them to greater heights in their own lives.

Size: (3) side of 12feet. x 6 feet
Purpose: Motivate and Educate Housing Residents
Medium: Mural Paint on Stucco Walls

The warmth of the yellow depicted with the bright colors on this sculpture give a distinguished form to the building’s structure. The murals, sculptures and architectural features reflect the thinking and care behind the functional and people-friendly designs of our residential communities. The murals give the area a colorful and multi-cultural mural that portrays the international migrations that have helped to shape our youth, our homes, and our dreams. Commissioned by Pinnacle Housing Group, Miami, Florida.

Size: 120 ft x 9 ft
Purpose: Market Miami Northwestern High School Curriculum
Medium: 1” inch Mosaic Glass Tiles

When you approach Miami Northwestern School that was opened in 2000, you are stunned by the wall mural that adorns the outside of the school. Its bold bright colors and needlepoint depiction of the courses taught there, such as ROTC, Mechanics and Science nearly take your breath away. The piece was commissioned by the Miami-Dade school district, which was founded in 1885 and is the largest school district in Florida, along with being the fourth largest in the United States.

Size: 9ft. x 12ft
Purpose: Fund Raiser and Grand Opening of the Cultural Center
Medium: Etched Glass

The fanciful design of three women grace the beauty and elegance of this art piece of etched glass which adorns the entrance to the Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center. The beauty of the design depicts the strength of the glass in the women that pose in postures of the performing arts. This lasting legacy that will endure across generations was commissioned by Florida Memorial University, in Opa Locka, Florida.

Size: 9 feet. x 24 feet.
Purpose: Inspirational Message to Community residents
Medium: Mural Paint on Stucco Wall

The striking colors that adorn “The Playground” murals depicting children at play on the building structures afford the architectural features in Miami, Florida, show the care and people friendly design of the buildings. The artwork was created to give the residents, neighbors, politicians and neighborhood activists a multi-cultural mural that reflects the international migrations that have shaped Miami’s communities in so many ways. It was commissioned by Pinnacle Housing Group of Miami, Florida.


Organization Awards

An organization’s mission is never done, which is why it pays to stop and reflect on how your mission has grown, evolved and shaped the lives of others.  A fitting tribute honors the legacy of your organization, while keeping an eye on the horizon for new opportunities.

Size: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness
Purpose: For any celebration or award show
Medium: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness Beveled Glass

This beautiful piece of recognition displays a unique look with its beveled curving lines in pink, offset with emerald green lettering. The perfect recognition for a dramatic person who has shown the light of themselves to the world, this piece is made to be backlit with a candle to show the translucency of the art. Imagine this adorning any desk, with its cool crisp lines and sensuous curves.

Size: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness
Purpose: For any celebration or awards presentation
Medium: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness Beveled Glass

When you lay eyes on this artwork, you notice the crisp lines and sensuous curves that transform this creation into something that has to be noticed. The ability to backlight this piece by candlelight sets this unique artwork apart from all others, the translucency of the piece highlights the wording with crisp outlines. The Glass Curve Collection was created especially to honor those who contribute to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Size: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness
Purpose: For any celebration or award show
Medium: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness Beveled Glass

The colors of the Jamaican flag set the tone for this wonderful piece of art, commemorating 50 years of Independence, it is set in a jet black foundation to show the solidness of the Jamaican people. Made of crystal glass it shows the outline that resembles the Olympian Usain Bolt, filled with images of the country’s most famous personages. One of the 50 limited edition pieces now adorns the Road to Independence Exhibition at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel.

Size: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness
Purpose: For any celebration or award show
Medium: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness Beveled Glass

The artful curve of beveled glass sets forth this stunning art work of green hues surrounding a single white rose bud. It demonstrates the beauty of the individual who receives it as it honors the past and inspires the future of all communities and enhancing the nation, that are served by the Links, Inc. Volunteer Services, an organization consisting of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African descendants.

Size: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness
Purpose: For any celebration or award show
Medium: 10”h x 7” x 0.25 thickness Beveled Glass

This artfully designed beveled glass curve, demonstrates the strength and fragility of its recipients, the design which incorporates being backlit by candlelight, gives it even more warmth than that of the sepia tones which set off this piece. It was designed for the National Council of Negro Women, to commemorate their mission to advance the opportunities and quality of life for more than four million African American women around the world, contributing to the peaceful solutions of human rights.

Size: 9”h x 11” x 1/2″ thickness
Purpose: For any celebration or award show
Medium: 9”h x 11” x 1/2″ archival- quality paper with solid back board

The stark blackness of the African Baobab tree captures the heart of this piece, surrounded by fifteen book covers of some of the most noted black women’s contributions to literature. It symbolizes the message of “Standing on Shoulders” which shows the strength of the black women throughout the years as they led others to climb higher upon their works, embracing their words and actions that give strength to those that follow.


AnniversariesTributes

Whether it’s couples or corporations, an anniversary is a milestone that deserves to be cherished.  Celebrate this hallmark event with a prestigious anniversary tribute and demonstrate how far you’ve come, while commemorating the highlights of the journey we call life.

Size: 30" x 42" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Pay tribute to Polytechnic High School 100th Anniversary
Medium: (11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

When you first glance at this artistic rendition, you are immediately drawn to the bold black frame that encompasses this work of history in the making. The green and gold tinge of the photographs suggest the fertile ground that the students of Polytechnic High School have long been aware of, in their sports and academic endeavors. A long list of noted individuals has graduated from these hallowed halls over the last 100 years. Commissioned by the Polytechnic High School.

Size: 30" x 42" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Pay tribute to Nino’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary
Medium: (11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

Mr. Vincenzo Cristiano and his wife sit centered in this golden hued collage of his life, showing family and business acquaintences in this amazing piece of art dwell the memories of a man who touched so very many lives,. In 1958 Mr. Cristiano became the head chef and owner of Nino’s, the oldest Italian restaurant in Long Beach, California. This tribute portrait was created for the 50th Anniversary of Nino’s.

Size: 12" x 16" Framed Beveled Acrylic Award
Purpose: Tribute to Organization Members and Sponsors
Medium: 8 x 10 x .25 thickness Beveled Acrylic

Within a background of royal blue, a young man stares into the looking glass at what he can be in the future. He only sees his mentor, the one he looks up to the most in life. He sees a successful man in himself, is that your portrayal for the youth of tomorrow? Commissioned by 100 Black Men of Long Beach Inc. who wish to portray the message of, "What They See Is What They’ll Be."

Size: 30" x 42" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Pay tribute to an outstanding Father, who is also an Physician.
Medium:(11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

This unique depiction of a ‘Father’s Day Tribute” shows the life and precious moments memorialized this mixed media beveled acrylic artwork. This distinctive tribute shows a decorated hero, an athlete, father and physician, giving us glimpses in his amazing life --all of which culminate in this beautiful work of art. Commissioned by a private collector for her father’s 80th Birthday and Father’s Day Celebration.

Size: 30" x 42" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Pay tribute to Jordan High School 75th ANNIVERSAY
Medium: (25) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

At the “Home of the Panthers” you would rightly find the “Flame of Friendship” burning brightly to illuminate the past and future of David Starr Jordan High School. In this beautiful painting you will find the school colors of royal blue and white setting the stage for this collage of our finest moments, crowning 75 years of excellence in education and fellowship. Commissioned by the Long Beach Unified Schools in Long Beach, California.

Size: 8" Acrylic Circle in 12: Gold Medallion Acrylic Circle Frame
Purpose: Pay tribute to Long Beach to Athens Swim Olympic 2004 Trials
Medium: 8\" Beveled Acrylic Circle

A golden moment to be treasured, this golden medallion encases the hopes and dreams of our Olympic competitors in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. We see pictured the great athletes of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo teams. This is the shining moment of our hopes, our dreams, and our athletes from Long Beach to Athens Swim Olympic 2004 Trials.


Corporate Tributes

When a company’s focus goes far beyond selling more products and services, and taps into the inner strength, aptitude and desire of others, a corporate tribute is the only suitable tribute.  Let others know of your company’s commitment to success by choosing a corporate award that fully encompasses the art and story of your brand.

Size: 40 in. x 72 in.
Purpose: Tribute Honor H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
Medium: 3” inch thick Beveled Acrylic Panels with standoff mounts

The artfully situated portrait of H. Wayne Huizenga sets off the surrounding blue of the background that illuminates his many professional endeavors. He is the founder of Blockbuster Video, Waste Management, Inc. and AutoNation, he is also the former owner of three of Florida’s professional sports teams. The collage of artwork was created as a building dedication to the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the only school with ‘entrepreneurship’ in its name.

Size: Upper Window: 64 in. x 69 in. Lower Window: 64 in. x 30 in. 3/16 inches clear glass laminate
Purpose: Donor Recognition Fund Raiser
Medium: Etched and sand blasted Glass

When one enters into the Broward Public Library, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida one is immediately drawn to the stunning work of the 60,000 sq. ft. jewel of The Andrinka Tribute, which is etched in glass with symbols bridging the gap between the African cultures of the Zulu and Ashanti. Commissioned by the Broward Public Library, it was unveiled in the 2002 Grand Opening of African American Research Library and Cultural Center.

Size: 40 in. x 72 in.
Purpose: H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship Recognition Tribute.
Medium: 3” inch thick Beveled Acrylic Panels with stand off mounts

The artwork filled with blue and highlighted with a splash of pink setting off the full color image of Carl DeSantis, surrounded by his family and business associates. Carl DeSantis a principle investor of INB, and founder of Rexall, has over 18 years of experience in the retail drug business including Super-X and Walgreens. The H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship presented him this award during its dedication in 2004 at the Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.

Size: 30" x 42" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Pay tribute to outstanding business leader in the community.
Medium: (11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes.

Ones eye is drawn to the award in the lower center of the artwork, where Michael Maroone stands tall and proud at the center of this piece, surrounded in blue by his achievements in life. Forbes Magazine’s has twice nominated his company “AutoNation, Inc.” in the annual Top 500 companies in the US. This art piece was presented to the honoree Michael Maroone on his selection of being the 18th Entrepreneur Hall of Fame designee.

Size: 8" Acrylic Circle in 12: Gold Medallion Acrylic Circle Frame
Purpose: Pay tribute to the Port of Long Beach
Medium: 8\" Beveled Acrylic Circle

The crispness of the silver medallion encircles this beautiful piece of artwork that depicts eight different photographs of Long Beach Port, California. The sunset hues of color bring this artwork to earth with its layers of water and boats. The medallion was presented to Michael A. Leone, in front of the over 1,000 people who attended the 93rd annual conference in the 2004 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

Size: 40 in. x 72 in.
Purpose: Tribute to H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship Recognition.
Medium: 3” inch thick Beveled Acrylic Panels with standoff mounts

With an eye for details, this art piece with a blue memory background is entirely set off by the rich golden colors worn by Dr. William S. Spears. The art piece surrounds Dr. Spears with moments of his past that seem to encompass him warmly. The piece was created to pay tribute to Dr. Spears’ dedication of the three story courtyard atrium in the Rotunda Area at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


Executive Retirements

Every company and organization has those select few – tireless champions of the brand who make it their mission to reach out to others, and in doing so, provide bountiful gifts whose value cannot be measured.  Honor these special individuals with a gift that commemorates their hard work and dedication.

Size: 30" x 24" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: (11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

Rich sepia tones surround the inviting portrait of outgoing Port Commissioner Topsy-Elvord, she is encircled by her family and business acquaintances. Topsy-Elvord was the first black woman elected to the Long Beach City Council, among many other firsts, she paved the way for future generations to enjoy the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach which she co-founded. The plaque was presented on June 30, 2008 after five years of public service by the City Council of Long Beach.

Size: 30" x 24" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: (11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

A simple black frame surrounds royal blue matting that encases the blue background of the achievements of the former Mayor Beverly O’Neill. She stood as Mayor of Long Beach, California an unprecedented three times, the last time as a write in candidate, she brought international trade, tourism, emerging technologies, and expanding retail to her local area. She was presented with this Leadership Award on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Excellence in Leadership Luncheon.

Size: 30" x 24" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: (11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

The color of the subject in this montage catches your eye immediately, bringing your eyes to focus on him and his family, surrounding him in hushed shades of blue demonstrates the milestones in his life which is encompassed in a golden frame within black. Those he serves with at the offices of Holthouse, Carlin & Van Trigt, LLP., surround outgoing Chairman Blake Christian. Commissioned by the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and presented on June 25, 2009.

Size: 20" x 16" Framed Beveled Acrylic Award
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: 8 x 10 x .25 thickness Beveled Acrylic

With astute details this blue on blue portrait of Albert E. Dotson, Jr. is depicted with soft strokes to outline his achievements and honors that surround him. Mr. Dotson is an equity partner in the Miami law firm of Bilzin, Sumberg, Baena, Price and Axelrod, LLP. The plaque is to commemorate his retiring as President and Chairman the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., where he served for many years.

Size: 30" x 24" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: (11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

Royal purple matting surrounds this arrangement of historical moments in the life of Shashin Desai. Memories held dear of family and business acquaintances, set forth the portrait of the outgoing President and Founder of the International City Theater, which began 25 years ago as a 99-seat black box building on the campus of Long Beach City College. Desai was presented with this tribute portrait when he announced his resignation from the Theater he had created.

Size: 24" x 18" Framed Beveled Acrylic Award
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: 8 x 10 x .25 thickness Beveled Acrylic

Shades of blue-gray matting surround this artfully arranged piece, done in a collage of important moments in Chief Anthony Batts life. He was honored for his over two decades of service to his community, displaying such awards and commendations for heroism, crime reduction, community activism, and innovative programs at the local, state and national level. The Long Beach Police Foundation presented him with this plaque at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, on Friday, October 16, 2009.


Celebrity Tributes

A celebrity is not a standalone icon, but rather an individual that enjoys a position of prestige because of all the people who helped them along their journey.  Celebrity tributes honor the past, embrace the present and look forward to the future by giving these illustrious performers a creative award worthy of their accomplishments.

Size: 24" x 18" Framed Beveled Acrylic Award
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: 8 x 10 x .25 Mixed Media on Medium Density Fiber Board

The royal blue of this portrait is surrounded by the smoky grey of the matting and the ebony black of the double frame. This piece of history is immortalized by the legendary Smokey Robinson. Whose life is depicted in the shades of blue behind him of his many outstanding achievements. Hollywood Music and Media Award (HMMA), commissioned this piece to present to Smokey Robinson for his Outstanding Career Achievement during the HMMA live event show of 2011.

Size: 24" x 18" Framed Beveled Acrylic Award
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: 8 x 10 x .25 thickness Beveled Acrylic

A royal blue background illuminates the highlights of Dave Mason, who is pictured in black. Photos of his past surround this plaque with memories that are indelible. This plaque was presented at the MIMICON keynote luncheon, on November 21, 2009, commemorating his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This work of art was commissioned by the Hollywood Music and Media Award HMMA to create an Outstanding Career Achievement Award depicting the milestones of Dave Mason’s musical career.

Size: 30" x 42" Framed Beveled Acrylic Tribute
Purpose: Pay tribute to Oprah Winfrey
Medium:(11) Beveled Acrylic Beveled Acrylic Shapes

This unique double frame of ebony black sets off the white matting that surrounds the green and gold colors that adorn this piece of art, starring Oprah Winfrey. She takes center stage in this production as she did in so many roles in her life, of American media proprietress, talk show hostess, actress, producer and philanthropist.

Size: 24" x 18" Framed Beveled Acrylic Award
Purpose: Outstanding Career Achievement
Medium: 8 x 10 x .25 thickness Beveled Acrylic

The smoky blue of the matting on this piece sets off the blue of the background photos in this art work. John C. Debney, an American film composer, this tribute portrait which includes many images of his milestones in the film industry as a composer, conductor, musician and valued collaborator. He was the first to receive the Hollywood Music In Media Awards’ (HMMA) Outstanding Career Achievement for Film Composing. Commissioned by the HMMA, and presented on November 19, 2009.t

Size: 30" x 42" Framed Tribute
Purpose: Pay tribute to Malcolm x
Medium: Mixed Media on Medium Density Fiber Board

In this rainbow hued portrait, you see the fresh young faces of our future, with children from diverse multicultural backgrounds looking up to Malcolm X who helped to shape our destinies in the fight to win equality for all.. This portrait portrays the 22nd stamp in the Postal Services Black Heritage Series. It was presented to his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz in 1999 when the stamp was unveiled at The Olympia Theater in the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

Size: 10" x 12" acrylic
Purpose: Pay tribute to Nokie Edwards
Medium: 1\" thick acrylic

This richly hued sepia toned artwork with a background of black, depicts Nokie Edwards, lead guitarist of the Ventures, famous for the Hawaii Five-O song, he is universally recognized as one of the world’s premier guitarists. Nokie was of Native American stock and was proud of his Cherokee heritage from his mother Nannie. John Fogerty presented this tribute plaque to Nokie in 2008 when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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