Culture Lab CityPlace
If you are a frequent visitor to CityPlace you’ve might of noticed that the Macy’s retail store has gone out of business for some time. In exchange for a retail anchor, CityPlace has replaced the former retail giant with a “bright” fun exterior housing inside an 110,000 square feet cultural arts center called the, “Culture Lab“.
Think Wynwood but Culture Lab at CityPlace
The Culture Lab is located at the intersection of Rosemary Ave. and Hibiscus St., located right in the heart of CityPlace. The new cultural arts center is part of a an arts revival that will attract not just locals but tourists and in Florida residents to the downtown West Palm Beach area.
In the future, the Culture Lab will not just only house a cultural arts center but also offer educational programs and activate frequent art culture installments.
The Culture Lab will transform City Place by adding new modern elements that are seen in pedestrian friendly cities. Visitors will also be able to walk up to culinary “take out” windows, order their food and enjoy it in the soon to be constructed parklet seating.
The inside of the former Macy’s store has been emptied on both the first and 2nd floors.
A quick registration at the entrance of the Culture Lab and a short walk towards the escalators just reminds you in the back of your mind how vast and big a 100,000 sq. foot retail building really is.
Once off the 2nd floor escalators, you’ll be greeted by a one of a kind art sound installation from artist Stephen Vitiello.
Although the building feels very desolate and “lonely”, the artist has used those
elements to build upon the #YouAreTheMagic art installation at Culture Lab.
art experience that is broken into 4 artwork features:
- “You Are The Magic”
- “Only Traces Remain”
- “Find Your Way”
- “Soundtrack for the Luggage Chapel”
“Sir” Michael Craig Martin is an Irish British artist that designed the art installation that makes up the exterior of the Culture Lab. You can’t miss it – It’s bright and loud!
The 76 year old Dublin born conceptual artist has vastly celebrated in his artwork the production of mass goods that we use in our everyday, ordinary lives.