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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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Claes Oldenburg, "Dropped Bowl"

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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.

John Young, "The Miami Fin Project"

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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.

Dan Graham, "Morris"

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

Miami-Dade Cultural Center

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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.

Carlos Zapata, "Wing"

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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.

Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, "Red M"

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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."

Isamu Noguchi, Bayfront Park

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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.

The Wynwood Walls

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Miami International Airport

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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.

Jim Morrison, "Celebration of Lights"

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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.

Roy Lichtenstein, "Mermaid"

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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.

Miami Design District

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Unscripted, Bal Harbour

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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.

Marlins Park

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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.

PortMiami

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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.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

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Icon Bay Park

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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.

Collins Park

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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.

Tobias Rehberger, "obstinate lighthouse"

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"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.

Garren Owens, "Urban Deco"

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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.

U.S. Post Office

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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.

Pierre Marcel, "Arts"

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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.

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.

Robert Lawrence Lobe, "Portrait of a Rock"

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

Aventura Mall

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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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Claes Oldenburg, "Dropped Bowl"

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.

John Young, "The Miami Fin Project"

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.

Dan Graham, "Morris"

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

Miami-Dade Cultural Center

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.

Carlos Zapata, "Wing"

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.

Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt, "Red M"

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."

Isamu Noguchi, Bayfront Park

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.

The Wynwood Walls

[Photo via thewynwoodwalls.com]

Miami International Airport

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.

Jim Morrison, "Celebration of Lights"

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.

Roy Lichtenstein, "Mermaid"

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.

Miami Design District

[Photo via miamidesigndistrict.net]

Unscripted, Bal Harbour

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

Marlins Park

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.

PortMiami

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.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

[Photo via miamidadepublicart.org]

Icon Bay Park

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.

Collins Park

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.

Tobias Rehberger, "obstinate lighthouse"

"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.

Garren Owens, "Urban Deco"

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.

U.S. Post Office

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.

Pierre Marcel, "Arts"

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.

Alberto CImolai, "Art Bridge"

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.

Robert Lawrence Lobe, "Portrait of a Rock"

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

Aventura Mall

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.