When it comes to viewing art, it can be good to think outside the box.
It’s not always necessary to go inside a boxy museum to view it. Miami has plenty of public art you can see from your car or while on a stroll.
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Here’s where to find public art around Miami, other than just the murals in Wynwood:
Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW 1 St.
Designed by artists Claes Oldenberg Coosje Van Bruggen, “Dropped bowl with scattered slices and peels” is a 17-piece public sculpture. Made of cast concrete, steel plate and reinforced cast resin, it features a shattered bowl and scattered orange slices and peels, as the name implies.
Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd.
The 29-ton “Slide Mantra” sculpture has been a fixture at Bayfront Park for more than two decades. Designed by Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi, it is carved from Carrarra marble with steps up the back and a spiral descent. The 10-foot-tall structure is not your typical park slide!
Sculptures around Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2 Ave.
The college is known for its extensive outdoor sculpture collection. Weave through the various buildings and see “The X” a nearly 23-foot-tall aluminum structure by Ronald Bladen, shaped like the letter. Elsewhere find “Dos Grandes,” an abstract aluminum curvilinear sculpture with intersecting elements.
Metrorail and Metromover station
Next time you’re using public transportation around Downtown Miami, take a closer look. At the Brickell Metromover station you’ll find a platform ceiling with hand formed painted ceramic tiles by artist Connie Lloveras. The Riverwalk station is adorned with the iconic red “M,” a concrete block and stucco sculpture created by artists Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt. At the Tenth Street Promenade station you’ll find the jewel-colored mosaic and metal installation by Carlos Alves. Take a seat at the Omni/Freedom Tower Metromover station on platform benches by Buster Simpson made of polished terrazzo and debris from Hurricane Andrew.
MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
Walk along a four block parcel, between NE 38 and 41 St. and NE 1 Ave. and 2 Ave. and be surrounded by public art! Keep an eye out for the “Dollar Gallon III” by Virgil Abloh a mixed media piece resembling a gas station’s price sign at Paseo Ponti between NE 40 and 41 St. “Surrounded by Space,” a public mural with psychedelic landscapes and surreal flowerbeds by the husband and wife duo Dabsmyla is at 160 NE 41 St. And in the heart of Palm Court Plaza is architect Buckminster Fuller’s “Fly’s Eye Dome,” a 24-foot prototype of one of his three fiberglass spheres. See it up close as you come up from the below ground Palm Court parking garage. See below for a link to information on public art tours in the Design District.
Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way
Visit Marlins Park and outside you’ll find an homage to the Orange Bowl stadium which once stood on this site. Artist Daniel Arsham created the public installation “Miami Orange Bowl” out of the bright orange namesake letters from the old stadium. Strategically placed either protruding from the ground and also vertically and horizontally, look closely and you’ll see they spell out “Miami Orange Bowl.” Kinda neat and a nice reminder of the iconic football stadium that once stood here where many national championships were won.
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