In the 1980s, Miami had a sensationally really kick-ass art in public places program. Across the city, and Dade County, important works like the giant red M (by Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt), the seashell-like marble slide in Bayfront Park (Slide Mantra, by Isamu Noguchi), and the various sculptures at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus, among many others. Undoubtedly one of the most significant pieces was artist Rockne Krebs' light installation along the span of the then new Metrorail over the Miami River, a 1,540 foot long strand of neon in rainbow colors called The Miami Line, which is now completely burned out. Yep, it's gone. Anybody notice?
Anywho, apparently the Art In Public Places program, which still exists (although not with the prolific output it once had?) is evaluating the piece for restoration, according to their (rather impressive) website. "Art in Public Places staff is working collaboratively with the artist's estate to develop a plan to recreate the work in LED lighting that will replicate the visual effect of neon and will make the work resistant to train vibrations." No word yet on when exactly this will happen, but let's cross our fingers.
· Rockne Krebs' Miami Line [Miami-Dade Art In Public Places]