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Palm Beach Daily News: Artist Ashley Longshore reimagines Royal Poinciana Plaza tree with ‘jewels and sparkle’

Palm Beach Daily News December 4, 2020

For artist Ashley Longshore, the holiday message this year is all about jewels and lots of sparkle.

This concept, combined with plenty of bright colors, will be unveiled Friday today when the Royal Poinciana Plaza reveals the New Orleans-based artist’s take on the plaza’s signature 30-foot Christmas tree made out of 52 surfboards. It will be visible by mid-day, plaza officials said.

Longshore’s installation, which will be on view through Jan. 10, reimagines the tree through a visual of colorful jewels, with five images of gemstones created specifically for the installation.

”I was very excited when they (Royal Poinciana Plaza) reached out to me directly. I was excited that they wanted a strong-willed, foul-mouthed, gracious and enthusiastic female artist to come down there and spread a little love in a time when people really need to be uplifted,” Longshore said.

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