Posted on: March 1, 2017

Project S.I.T. Galveston Seawall Public Art Installation Completed

GALVESTON, TX – Galveston Seawall, the world’s longest sidewalk, now features a Texas-sized art installation. Artist Boat, a Galveston-based non-profit, has transformed 70 concrete benches on the Seawall into educational works of art that depict the coastal and ocean heritage of Galveston Island and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Known as Project S.I.T. (Seawall Interpretive Trail), the beautification project features the work of more than 47 artists supported by 55 sponsors and 7 vendors.  Some of the artists include Janet Hassinger, Kristin Rainosek Church, Mary K. Farragher, Patricia Hagstrom and students from Houston/Galveston area schools, including Coastal Village Elementary School, The Satori School, Jefferson Elementary, Lyons Elementary, and Browning Elementary.

The designs, including detailed illustrations and descriptive text, were painted on ceramic tiles, which were then kiln-fired and professionally installed. Each bench features a unique creative theme. They cover everything from how tides work to the lifecycles of shrimp and crabs; the migration patterns of sea turtles, marine mammals, and birds; major ecosystems of the Texas coast; marine debris; Seawall construction; the Great Storm of 1900; and Hurricane Ike. 

Artist Boat Executive Director Karla Klay said, “Each is a uniquely creative work of art that is both inspiring and educational. The project gives the millions of visitors to Galveston’s Seawall a greater appreciation for this very special island, its natural history, environment and wildlife.”

Major sponsors included the City of Galveston, Federal Transit Administration, Galveston County, Reliant Energy, NRG Energy, Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees, Galveston Independent School District Education Foundation, Harris County Department of Education and the Kitchen Chick.  Vendors included General Contractor Services, Inc., Treasure Island Engraving, United Tile, The Ceramic Store, Susan Jablon, Skatestoppers and Dal Tile. 

Artist Boat will celebrate completion of the multi-year project with a brief ceremony at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at 56th Street and Seawall. Free parking will be available in the parking garage at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd. Project S.I.T. also will be included in that evening’s Galveston ArtWalk from 4-6 p.m.  For more information call (409) 770-0722. Click the link below for a map showing bench locations and descriptions:


You’re invited to Artist Boat Project S.I.T. celebration March 4

Artist Boat will host a special ceremony to celebrate completion of Project S.I.T. at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, March 4, across from the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd. Almost 50 artists, including professional artists and students from the greater Houston/Galveston area, designed artwork for 70 benches on the Seawall between 6th and 61st streets. 

Find the Artist Boat tent to pick up your map then stroll the Seawall to view benches before heading downtown for the Galveston Arts Center’s ArtWalk event. Click here for a full map of bench and downtown art exhibit locations For more information call (409) 770-0722.


Artist Boat is a Galveston-based non-profit organization formed in 2003 to promote awareness and preservation of coastal habitats and the marine environment through the sciences and arts. Its programs include guided kayak tours, a 600-plus-acre Coastal Heritage Preserve, and volunteer and public education programs. More at


CONTACT: Kathy Thomas, cell (409) 789-9284

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