Art Basel 2017 is upon us, but Miami’s allure as an arts destination will endure long after the crowds are gone. The best bet for exploring our city’s cultural offerings is going beyond the museums to discover the hidden gems. Whether you are hanging out in a hotel lobby or walking the streets, these public displays of art will not disappoint – you may just need to get off the beaten path to find them.
Jose Bedia at the Adrienne Arsht Center
The public art pieces at the Adrienne Arsht Center present some of the most ambitious public art projects throughout the country. In many cases, these pieces connect the visual arts with the performing arts. Don’t forget to look down – Jose Bedia’s terrazzo lobby floors should not be missed!
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
Henry Moore’s Spindle Sculpture at the InterContinental Miami
One of our most unconventional hidden gems is anchors the lobby of the landmark InterContinental hotel. Created by master sculptor Henry Moore, this piece known as “Spindle” is 18 feet tall and made entirely of travertine marble. Translation: it’s not going anywhere…! While stopping in, be sure to grab one of Miami’s best cocktails at the Toro Toro bar.
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
Connie Lloveras at the Brickell Metromover Station
We wouldn’t normally think about art in connection with public transit. These systems are used for transportation to work, school, meetings and events around town. However, take a sneak peek at the Brickell Metromover station. The platform ceiling features hand formed painted ceramic tiles by Miami’s very own artist, Connie Lloveras.
1200 SW First Avenue
Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome at Miami Design District
In 1965 Buckminster Fuller designed and patented the iconic Fly’s Eye Dome. Almost 50 years later, the Buckminster Fuller Institute produced a Fly’s Eye Dome utilizing state-of-the-art materials, intelligence and techniques, and it’s been placed at the center of Miami Design District’s Palm Court.
140 NE 39th Street Miami, Florida 33137
Sculpture Garden at the Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art has just opened it doors at its brand-new location in the Miami Design District. Wander past their main entrance into their “Sculpture Garden” and discover four amazing pieces created by artists from all over the world – from masters like George Segal to up-and-comers like Abigail Deville. This is poised to become one of our favorite public places in all of Miami.
61 NE 41st St, Miami, FL 33137