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And Now an Update to the Curbed Miami Public Art Map

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Public art is to Miami what fire escapes are to New York or bright red phone booths are to London, a lovable and enduring part of the cityscape. From the Design District's growing collection of goodies to oldies like the giant red 'M' outside a Metromover station in Downtown Miami, art is everywhere. And then, of course, there's Wynwood, with the largest collection of public street art in the world. And now we present and update to the Curbed Miami Public Art Map.


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1. Claes Oldenburg, "Dropped Bowl"

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111 NW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33128

Sculptor of giant-sized things, Claes Oldenburg built a giant, shattered, bowl of orange peals and slices, around a fountain in the park behind Government Center. The piece was installed in 1989 and inaugurated in 1990.

2. John Young, "The Miami Fin Project"

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1275 NE 79 St
Miami, FL

22 fins from decommissioned 1960s nuclear submarines are scattered around Pelican Harbor Park and Marina in North Bay Village. Artist John Young arranged the fins to suggest a pod of dolphins.

3. Dan Graham, "Morris"

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dan Graham's Morris glass sculpture recalls the signature kidney shapes of Morris Lapidus, the original architect of the pedestrianization of Lincoln Road Mall.

4. Miami-Dade Cultural Center

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101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

Formerly the home of the Miami Art Museum, the Philip Johnson-designed Miami-Dade Cultural Center is replete with public art, including sculptures in the central court, Ed Ruscha's "WORDS WITHOUT THOUGHTS NEVER TO HEAVON GO", and (what Curbed calls) the Centrust Gravestone by George Sanchez-Calderon underneath the elevated Metrorail tracks.

5. Carlos Zapata, "Wing"

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400 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

When he remodeled the eastern end of Lincoln Road in 1999, architect Carlos Zapata created this entry feature consisting of a flying canopy and fountain.

6. Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, "Red M"

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60 SE 4th St
Miami, FL 33131

This husband and wife team, oldschool Miami artists, created a giant M outside the Riverwalk Metromover Station to symbolize a new Miami in 1996. The M could stand for "Metromover," then a new addition to downtown, "Miami," or even "Magic City."

7. Isamu Noguchi, Bayfront Park

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301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 358-7550
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Beginning in the early 1980s, artist Isamu Noguchi was commissioned to completely redesign Bayfront Park. His design was slowly implemented, and ultimately included a large monument to the Challenger disaster, a (no longer functioning) laser beam shooting straight into the night sky, and "Slide Mantra", a ten foot tall Carrera marble slide.

8. The Wynwood Walls

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167 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127
[Photo via thewynwoodwalls.com]

9. Miami International Airport

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2100 NW 42nd Ave
Miami, FL 33142
(305) 876-7077
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MIA has a substantial collection of public art, in the sense that the public has to buy a plane ticket to see much of it. The art, however, adds to the general impressiveness of Miami International Airport, and doesn't Miami deserve a grand gateway? Barbara Neijna's Foreverglades bas relief courses through a concourse, and includes text from Marjorie Stonaman Douglas's "River of Grass" that travelers experience as they traverse the airport. Meanwhile, Michele Oka Doner has created many of the airport's terrazzo floors, inlaid with intricate gold ocean motifs.

10. Jim Morrison, "Celebration of Lights"

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I-195
Miami Beach, FL 33137

Jim Morrison's installation of neon tubing around palm trees at the end of the Julia Tuttle Causeway (more recently replaced by color changing LEDs) was first meant as lighting for New Years, but became an instant landmark, and are now an iconic entry feature to the City of Miami Beach.

11. Roy Lichtenstein, "Mermaid"

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1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Lichtenstein's mermaid nude from 1979 sits in front of the Jackie Gleason Fillmore Theater, flapping in a wadding pool, and under a sun held up by its own beams.

12. Miami Design District

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3841 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 722-7100
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[Photo via miamidesigndistrict.net]

13. Unscripted, Bal Harbour

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9703 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
(305) 993-3300
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Bal Harbour's reasonably new public art program, Unscripted, has featured temporary installations by two great Miami artists: George Sanchez-Calderon, and Christy Gast.

14. Marlins Park

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501 Marlins Way
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 418-0543
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Marlins Park contains a variety of sculptures on its grounds, from Daniel Arsham's ode to the stadium's predecessor, the Orange Bowl, "A Memorial Bowing", and Red Grooms' much maligned home run sculpture.

15. PortMiami

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1015 N America Way
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 347-4800
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Nautically themed sculptures and 2D work are scattered around Miami's Port, as well as process drawings of artist Jose Bedia's work at the nearby Arsht Center.

16. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

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1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 949-6722
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[Photo via miamidadepublicart.org]

17. Icon Bay Park

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460 Northeast 28th Street
Miami, FL 33137

Soon to be complete, the park underneath the Related Group's Icon Bay condo tower will have a sculpture garden as well as a fence designed by Carolina Sardi.

18. Collins Park

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22nd Street & Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Although the Bass Museum has closed for a year, the surrounding Collins Park is full of public art including sculptures that were installed during last year's Art Basel.

19. Tobias Rehberger, "obstinate lighthouse"

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1 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

"obstinate lighthouse" was the glittering centerpiece of South Pointe Park when the park reopened after a major renovation in 2011. Seen by passing cruise ships, it's a funky gateway into the City of Miami Beach.

20. Garren Owens, "Urban Deco"

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1201 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Artist Garren Owens designed the manhole covers across the City of Miami Beach to be inspired by elements of the city's signature art deco architecture.

21. U.S. Post Office

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1300 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33119
(305) 672-2447

Completed as a WPA project during the Great Depression, the Miami Beach Post Office has some magnificent art deco murals in the rotunda as well as lots of other architectural details.

22. Pierre Marcel, "Arts"

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1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-7300
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Mounted on the west wall of the Jackie Gleason Theatre, this graphic print on vinyl of the word 'arts' is the centerpiece of a small city arts complex.

23. Alberto CImolai, "Art Bridge"

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Alberto Cimolai painted the new bridge between Sunset Islands I and II in a trompe l'oeil of the old bridge to soften the impact of the new one.

24. Robert Lawrence Lobe, "Portrait of a Rock"

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300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132

Sitting smack-dab in the middle of the Wolfson Campus is this, a portrait of a rock in metal. Riveting, no?

25. Aventura Mall

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19501 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL 33180
(305) 935-1110
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Pieces by Louise Bourgeois, and Daniel Arsham, as well as a perpetually thronged children's play area designed by the group of artists known as FriendsWithYou, grace Aventura Mall. Along with pieces by other artist's, the mall's collection is sizable.

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1. Claes Oldenburg, "Dropped Bowl"

111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128

Sculptor of giant-sized things, Claes Oldenburg built a giant, shattered, bowl of orange peals and slices, around a fountain in the park behind Government Center. The piece was installed in 1989 and inaugurated in 1990.

111 NW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33128

2. John Young, "The Miami Fin Project"

1275 NE 79 St, Miami, FL

22 fins from decommissioned 1960s nuclear submarines are scattered around Pelican Harbor Park and Marina in North Bay Village. Artist John Young arranged the fins to suggest a pod of dolphins.

1275 NE 79 St
Miami, FL

3. Dan Graham, "Morris"

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dan Graham's Morris glass sculpture recalls the signature kidney shapes of Morris Lapidus, the original architect of the pedestrianization of Lincoln Road Mall.

1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. Miami-Dade Cultural Center

101 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130

Formerly the home of the Miami Art Museum, the Philip Johnson-designed Miami-Dade Cultural Center is replete with public art, including sculptures in the central court, Ed Ruscha's "WORDS WITHOUT THOUGHTS NEVER TO HEAVON GO", and (what Curbed calls) the Centrust Gravestone by George Sanchez-Calderon underneath the elevated Metrorail tracks.

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

5. Carlos Zapata, "Wing"

400 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

When he remodeled the eastern end of Lincoln Road in 1999, architect Carlos Zapata created this entry feature consisting of a flying canopy and fountain.

400 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, "Red M"

60 SE 4th St, Miami, FL 33131

This husband and wife team, oldschool Miami artists, created a giant M outside the Riverwalk Metromover Station to symbolize a new Miami in 1996. The M could stand for "Metromover," then a new addition to downtown, "Miami," or even "Magic City."

60 SE 4th St
Miami, FL 33131

7. Isamu Noguchi, Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

Beginning in the early 1980s, artist Isamu Noguchi was commissioned to completely redesign Bayfront Park. His design was slowly implemented, and ultimately included a large monument to the Challenger disaster, a (no longer functioning) laser beam shooting straight into the night sky, and "Slide Mantra", a ten foot tall Carrera marble slide.

301 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

8. The Wynwood Walls

167 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
[Photo via thewynwoodwalls.com]
167 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127

9. Miami International Airport

2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami, FL 33142

MIA has a substantial collection of public art, in the sense that the public has to buy a plane ticket to see much of it. The art, however, adds to the general impressiveness of Miami International Airport, and doesn't Miami deserve a grand gateway? Barbara Neijna's Foreverglades bas relief courses through a concourse, and includes text from Marjorie Stonaman Douglas's "River of Grass" that travelers experience as they traverse the airport. Meanwhile, Michele Oka Doner has created many of the airport's terrazzo floors, inlaid with intricate gold ocean motifs.

2100 NW 42nd Ave
Miami, FL 33142

10. Jim Morrison, "Celebration of Lights"

I-195, Miami Beach, FL 33137

Jim Morrison's installation of neon tubing around palm trees at the end of the Julia Tuttle Causeway (more recently replaced by color changing LEDs) was first meant as lighting for New Years, but became an instant landmark, and are now an iconic entry feature to the City of Miami Beach.

I-195
Miami Beach, FL 33137

11. Roy Lichtenstein, "Mermaid"

1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Lichtenstein's mermaid nude from 1979 sits in front of the Jackie Gleason Fillmore Theater, flapping in a wadding pool, and under a sun held up by its own beams.

1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Miami Design District

3841 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
[Photo via miamidesigndistrict.net]
3841 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

13. Unscripted, Bal Harbour

9703 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154

Bal Harbour's reasonably new public art program, Unscripted, has featured temporary installations by two great Miami artists: George Sanchez-Calderon, and Christy Gast.

9703 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

14. Marlins Park

501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125

Marlins Park contains a variety of sculptures on its grounds, from Daniel Arsham's ode to the stadium's predecessor, the Orange Bowl, "A Memorial Bowing", and Red Grooms' much maligned home run sculpture.

501 Marlins Way
Miami, FL 33125

15. PortMiami

1015 N America Way, Miami, FL 33132

Nautically themed sculptures and 2D work are scattered around Miami's Port, as well as process drawings of artist Jose Bedia's work at the nearby Arsht Center.

1015 N America Way
Miami, FL 33132

16. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
[Photo via miamidadepublicart.org]
1300 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

17. Icon Bay Park

460 Northeast 28th Street, Miami, FL 33137

Soon to be complete, the park underneath the Related Group's Icon Bay condo tower will have a sculpture garden as well as a fence designed by Carolina Sardi.

460 Northeast 28th Street
Miami, FL 33137

18. Collins Park

22nd Street & Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Although the Bass Museum has closed for a year, the surrounding Collins Park is full of public art including sculptures that were installed during last year's Art Basel.

22nd Street & Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

19. Tobias Rehberger, "obstinate lighthouse"

1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

"obstinate lighthouse" was the glittering centerpiece of South Pointe Park when the park reopened after a major renovation in 2011. Seen by passing cruise ships, it's a funky gateway into the City of Miami Beach.

1 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

20. Garren Owens, "Urban Deco"

1201 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Artist Garren Owens designed the manhole covers across the City of Miami Beach to be inspired by elements of the city's signature art deco architecture.

1201 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

21. U.S. Post Office

1300 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33119

Completed as a WPA project during the Great Depression, the Miami Beach Post Office has some magnificent art deco murals in the rotunda as well as lots of other architectural details.

1300 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33119

22. Pierre Marcel, "Arts"

1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Mounted on the west wall of the Jackie Gleason Theatre, this graphic print on vinyl of the word 'arts' is the centerpiece of a small city arts complex.

1700 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

23. Alberto CImolai, "Art Bridge"

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Alberto Cimolai painted the new bridge between Sunset Islands I and II in a trompe l'oeil of the old bridge to soften the impact of the new one.

24. Robert Lawrence Lobe, "Portrait of a Rock"

300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132

Sitting smack-dab in the middle of the Wolfson Campus is this, a portrait of a rock in metal. Riveting, no?

300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132

25. Aventura Mall

19501 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180

Pieces by Louise Bourgeois, and Daniel Arsham, as well as a perpetually thronged children's play area designed by the group of artists known as FriendsWithYou, grace Aventura Mall. Along with pieces by other artist's, the mall's collection is sizable.

19501 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL 33180