Earth, Water, Air and Fire - CODAworx

Earth, Water, Air and Fire

Submitted by Hans Feyerabend

Client: Village of Palmetto Bay

Location: Village of Palmetto Bay, FL, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $41,000

Project Team


Hans Feyerabend


Jesse Petersen


The Artworks reflects on a community built on precious land adjacent to Biscayne Bay and Atlantic: acknowledging the presence of and paying respect for abundant water, which poses allure and threat at the same time. The concept invokes the ancient Greek system of 4 Elements the world is made of: Earth, Water, Air and Fire.


A suspended semitransparent sculpture is placed above the center of the lobby, filtering the daylight through its multiple glass panes down on the floor. Some of its ends reach beyond the clock tower shaft, connecting visually the ground floor with the space above.
The central sculpture is accompanied by 3 large format paintings, placed on those walls without windows or doors. Placement and proportions of the art works support the architectural gesture of a welcoming city hall.


The art work design took the architectural cues to create a successful symbioses of art and architecture throughout lobby and adjacent spaces.