Vintage cars … Carnevale … never forget the last time you saw Venice. Palm Beach artifacts & garden blooms. What a difference a year makes at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, now among the National Trust’s 30 credited Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS).
For anyone with an eye for design and the industrial arts, this past weekend’s garden concours was simply sensational. My stay in Turin last spring fostered my appreciation for all things Italian-engineered.
By chance at Saturday night’s Sculpture in Motion exhibition, I met Cheryl McKee, her Man-O-War Cay home in the Bahamas apparently still standing. We shared a table in the courtyard, strategically located as the first-stop for the passing hors oeuvres trays. Because of my limited mobility or was it my crave for lobster-and-cheese sliders, we both lost track of time, speaking as if we’d known each other.
Cheryl’s father, the extraordinary deep-sea explorer and underwater archaeologist Robert Marx who died this past summer, led the most exceptional life that took him from the Pacific Ocean to Phoenician shipwrecks to the Indian Ocean. Through his research, articles, and books, Marx is credited with uncovering thousands of shipwrecks, yielding believed-lost antiquities, that today fill museum cabinets. On Tuesday, Cheryl made it to my opening of Alternative Reality: Venice & Palm Beach at Jennifer Garrigues, sharing photos of her father’s accomplishments from a life well-lived, ever present pleasures from the past.
November 15-16, 2019
3rd Annual Sculpture in Motion Exhibition
Ann Norton Sculpture Garden
VROOM! The pre- and post-WW II wheel estate shown at this past weekend’s 3rd Annual Sculpture in Motion exhibition at The Ann Norton’s garden showroom was a reminder when motoring was a leisurely sensual experience, whether a plein-air countryside diversion or an after-dark jaunt through downtown city streets ablaze with bolts of light. Then, industrial design integrated aesthetics and function with pleasure and practicality.
Today, not so much. The once rural landscape, now Suburbia, is packed with subdivisions along with shopping center islands and office parks encircled with asphalt paved parking lots. 21st-century auto manufacturing appears to focus on high-tech engineering padded with artificial intelligence features rather than exceptional design.
This year’s event was chaired by Frances and Jeffrey Fisher, Sam and Lisa Lehrman, and Audrey and Martin Gruss. Once again, John Barnes, founder of the Cavallino Classic, curated the competition and served as honorary chairman. Donald Osborne, author, car historian and host of television’s Jay Leno’s Garage, was Grand Marshal. Sponsors included Sentient Jet, Gunster Law Firm, Key Private Bank, and Palm Beach Illustrated magazine.
1957 Bill Frick Series
This 1957 Bill Frick Cadillac Special GT was engineered by Bill Frick, designed by Giovanni Michelotti, and bodied by Vignale. It was regarded as “America’s answer to Europe.”
308 Peruvian Avenue