Art aficionados should head to the new District Flats in the Warehouse District to see West Palm Beach’s first public kinetic artwork, Bercade Dudali, and nearby Fatin Dudali. French-American artist and West Palm resident Béju, best known for his playful Dudali characters, says these pieces signify Floridian flora and fauna, the site’s industrial past, and his own mother and siblings.
The sculptures came together after months of planning, trips to Miami for 900-pound impact-glass panels, many studio hours, and an arduous installation process. Made of copper plumbing pipes, they are constructed to be site-specific and relatable to the people who share space with them. On-site, the works are introduced by a poem written by the artist.
Through his art, Béju aims to illustrate “the power of feigned simplicity,” capturing echoes of body language in Dudali’s postures to inspire human connection that transcends language and culture, resulting in art in which we all can recognize ourselves.