culture together are a driving economic
force that brings people to Miami and
Miami Beach,” said Brandi Reddick, cultural affairs manager for the City of Miami
The experience begins at Miami International Airport, where significant works
include A Walk on the Beach. Seen by 40
million travelers each year, Michele Oka
Doner’s 9,000-foot-long terrazzo walkway,
inlaid with bronze and mother of pearl
elements, evokes Miami’s natural environment and resources.
The installation is one of some 700
site-specific works commissioned since
1973 under Miami-Dade County’s pioneering Art in Public Places (MDAPP) program.
Reddick, formerly MDAPP’s curator and
artists manager, said that “art establishes a
sense of place, which flows throughout the
That includes the Miami Beach Convention Center. Last December’s ribbon-cut-ting for the $620 million reimagined venue
included the unveiling of German abstractionist Franz Ackermann’s exterior About
Sand mural. Curated by Miami Beach’s
own Art in Public Places Program, the work
forms part of an unprecedented public art
“It’s the largest single commission by a
municipal program in the nation,” Reddick said of the $7 million collection, with
another five works from internationally
renowned artists being installed this year.
Discoveries surround and extend
the convention campus. Frank Gehry’s
event-capable New World Center, home
of the New World Symphony, videocasts
concerts on a 7,000-square-foot external
projection wall for free public viewing in
adjacent SoundScape park, which also
hosts a free monthly outdoor yoga series.
The venue’s sound and video installation
Sonic Dreamscapes is another Art in Public
Relaunched in 2017 following the $12
million expansion of its landmark 1930 Art
Deco home, the Bass (1964) ranks among
the Southeast’s premier contemporary art
Other group venues include The
Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason
Theater; Florida International University’s
(FIU) provocative Wolfsonian Museum;
Miami City Ballet; and Miami New Drama,
resident company of the 1935 Colony
From Spanish Mediterranean to Art
Deco, distinctive architecture, such as
Morris Lapidus’s still-iconic Fontainebleau
Hotel (1954), has long defined the scene.
Architecting the Miami look since 1977,
trailblazing firm Arquitectonica contributed the wavy heat-reducing curtain wall and
other elements at the reimagined Miami
Beach Convention Center.
The firm’s influence extends to Miami,
where the compass of diverse cultural
coordinates points in all directions.
Other Arquitectonica-designed group venues include the Miami Children’s Museum
along the MacArthur Causeway, and downtown Miami’s waterfront American Airlines
Arena. Neighboring the latter, Museum
Park houses two preeminent institutions.
Landscaped by ArquitectonicaGEO, the
Across the MacArthur Causeway, the glob-
ally renowned Adrienne Arsht Center for
the Performing Arts was a major renaissance catalyst in 2006.