January 2001, The Palm Beach Post, Soaring to new heights by Sue Kovach. Rick Beau Lieu, 53, was born into a family of metalworkers in the tool and die business. But unlike the four generations preceding him,he was the first to take the skill to artistic heights---Literally. Beau Lieu is best known for his monumental metal sculptures, including Florida's largest outdoor sculpture, a 40-foot, 7-ton piece called Liberty. Creating sculpture is only part of Beau Lieu artistic life.He spends time in art education working with children and has received awards for that involvement. But his pet project is the Neighborhood Gallery, an art gallery that is literally a neighborhood, the once-rundown West Industrial Avenue area of Boynton Beach where his studio (and Liberty) is located.
Beau Lieu and
others cleaned up the trash, installed fences, planted
trees,and lined the streets with original paintings and
sculptures. The neighborhood has recently been designated
The Art District of Boynton Beach.
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