A Wishing Tree Lights the Holiday Season on Rosemary Square
Guests during the unveiling and lighting ceremony of the Wishing Tree on Rosemary Square (Photo Pedro Penalver, WPB Magazine)

After a span of long months of construction, Rosemary Square reopened as a reimagined shopping, dining and entertainment destination in the city with newly renovated public spaces that will create memorable experiences for everyone.

Kicking off a festive lineup of events for the holiday season that includes nightly snowfalls, music and dance performances by local cultural institutions, Rosemary Square, developed by Related Companies, unveiled The Wishing Tree, a towering 32-foot-tall LED banyan tree created by Symmetry Labs. This is one of the two large-scale works of art to be added to the property—the other the Water Pavilion West Palm by artist Jeppe Hein which allows viewers to walk in and out of “rooms” created by vertical columns of water. (This permanent art installation will be unveiled on December 6th during a celebration that will include commissioned dance performances by Ballet Florida.)

The Wishing Tree is a thought-provoking light installation by artist Shilpa Gupta that celebrates the history of the banyan tree in West Palm Beach coupled with Related Companies’ vision to unite the community through immersive public art experiences. Guests to Rosemary Square were thrilled with the towering structure which has 10,000 leaves comprised of 100,000 full-color-spectrum LEDs that turn a myriad of swirling colors, creating a captivating, ever-changing light show.

“It is really beautiful,” says Joana Martinez who traveled from Wellington for the event. “Even though it seems to have been a piece hard to install, I perceive there’s a feeling of peace and harmony coming from this tree which is what the holiday season is all about.”

Watch the Wishing Tree lighting ceremony

Related Companies’ plans for Rosemary Square have provided better spaces for public gatherings. Connection inside Rosemary Square and from this area to nearby cultural institutions will be more pedestrian-friendly. But they will also partner with neighboring cultural institutions, local and international artists and curators to bring a diverse collection to the neighborhood for the community to enjoy.

Keith James, Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach was present during the unveiling of the Wishing Tree, kicking off the holiday season on Rosemary Square. Mayor James appreciated the beautiful, new spaces and the investment efforts by Related Companies in the city.

“The Related Companies took a gamble on West Palm Beach about 20 years ago when our downtown had some major opportunities for change and development,” said James. “Through its investment in the city, what used to be known as CityPlace and is now Rosemary Square, the convention center hotel, and other building coming up, Related Companies continue to play a pivotal role in the growth of the best city in the nation, West Palm Beach.”

There will be a robust programming for the holidays this year taking place throughout Rosemary Square including nightly snowfall, the return of the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar Miracle on Rosemary, music, yoga, art fairs, and much more. Check this link for a complete schedule of events during the holiday season.

Also, visit www.rosemarysquarewpb.com for information on upcoming events, dining, and entertainment options.

A Wishing Tree Lights the Holiday Season on Rosemary Square