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New Downtown Mural Looks like Water to Passing Cars

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As Miami grows upwards, with waterfront real estate being the most in demand, views of our bodies of water are often encountered in glimpses between tall towers. This is a situation a lot of people don't like, because the alternative would be wide swaths of glittering blue, but there is something magical about those fleeting glimpses that remind us of water's omnipresence in Miami. A new mural at The Commonwealth Building at 46 SW 1ST Street, downtown seeks to duplicate that perspective. Here an abstracted blue-scape designed by Christine Zavesky, and painted by Bill Savarese "disappears and reappears as one navigates the vehicular arteries and train line leading to Downtown Miami" according to Zavesky.

Just as the water is periodically seen through the gaps within the city fabric along the bay, this particular building surface disappears and reappears as one navigates the vehicular arteries and train line leading to Downtown Miami. The project references the color and proximity to the ocean, bringing the essence of the water further inland. When narrow slivers of the blue-patterned mural are seen at a distance, the glint of color is a reminder of the ever-present body of water nearby.

Designed by Christine Zavesky

Sponsored by:

Harris J. Buchbinder

Miami Downtown Development Authority
www.dda.com

Downtown Miami Partnership
www.downtownmiami.com

Keim Mineral Coatings of America, Inc.
www.keim.com


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