Archive for the Sculpture Category

Tom Sachs, Codependent Fountain Tableau ( Hello Kitty and Miffy), 2007. My Melody, 2007, Collins Park, Miami Beach. On temporary loan for Art Basel from the Lever House Art Collection, NY

Posted in Art Basel 2011, Miami Beach, Sculpture on November 29, 2011 by artoutmiami

Kitty, Miffy, and Melody, Collins Park- Art Basel 2011

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The Spindle, Henry Moore, 1981, Incontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza

Posted in Biscayne Cooridor, Sculpture on September 21, 2011 by artoutmiami

The Spindle, Henry Moore (Pic courtesy of Intercontinental Hotels)

( Courtesy of Intercontinental Hotels)
The InterContinental Miami was built in the early 1980s by Theodore Gould, a developer from Washington DC. At the time, the hotel was called the Pavilion Hotel and built together with the Miami Center office building. The hotel was designed by Pietro Belucci, the famous architect who designed the Pan American building in NYC.

The travertine marble was imported from Italy, the slabs were numbered when cut so when reassembled in Miami the slabs followed the same vein. An entire quarry was emptied to build the hotel and the adjacent Miami Center. They are the largest marble structures in Florida. Precious woods imported from Africa, including the rare Babinga were used throughout the entire hotel.

It is the only hotel lobby in the world to have been built around a work of art. In 1981, internationally renowned sculptor Sir Henry Moore (1898-1986) created the 18-ft, 70-ton Spindle sculpture. Made of travertine marble with a base of ooba tooba granite from Brazil, it was dropped into the lobby space by helicopter and from that point the hotel lobby was built. The Spindle is the largest of the artist’s sculptures in private ownership and is appraised at over $20 million.

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels, Government Center , 1998

Posted in Official Art In Public Places designation, Sculpture on September 18, 2011 by artoutmiami

Dropped Bowl With Scattered Slices and Peels

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels, 1990
Concrete, aluminum, cast resin, computerized fountain
Government Center at Open Space Park
This monumental outdoor sculpture with multi-dimensional sections, represents
an imaginary moment in time when a huge bowl of orange slices and peels
drops to the ground and shatters. The artwork includes eight bowl
fragments in cast concrete with an overall weight of 124,000 lbs., four peels
in steel plate with painted surfaces, and five orange sections executed in
reinforced cast resin. Oldenburg is best known for his gigantic food
constructions and his daily object soft sculptures.

Claes Oldenburg, Artist Statement, (Dropped Bowl…)

Posted in Bios K - O, Sculpture on September 18, 2011 by artoutmiami

Dropped Bowl detail

Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels
The site was a wide area surrounded by an eclectic mix of architecture and highways. A centralized fountain in a circular shape surrounded by flagpoles, as projected in the landscape designer’s plans, did not seem to respond to the location. Coosje proposed instead an anti-hierarchical approach, consisting of forms scattered over the plaza. In reference to the conventional shape of a fountain, ours would be round, but resembling a broken plate, with the oranges deconstructed into slices and expressively cut peels. We thought that the jagged fragments would be more interesting if they came from a bowl, coincidentally a nod to a local institution, the football stadium known as the Orange Bowl. Trying out the idea on a model, Coosje dispersed the parts with abandon to introduce chance and irregularity into the orderly grid of the plaza. Cesar Trasobares, director of the Art in Public Places program, likened the effect to a piñata, which spills treasures in all directions when it is smashed. The flying slices, peels, and fragments of the bowl are caught as if in stop-motion, bouncing off the surfaces of the plaza. Pools in the shape of spilled liquid, large and small, were cut into the pavement beneath the sculptural pieces. Jets of water emerge from the pools, programmed at irregular heights and surprising intervals in repeated reenactments of the breaking bowl’s impact.

At the time of its inauguration the Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels could be seen to represent a city in the making, deriving its particular order out of the apparent disorder accompanying Miami’s expansion.

Wendy Wischer, Liquid Measures, 3rd Street and Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 2010 (photo Peter Dooley)

Posted in Functional Art, Miami Beach, Official Art In Public Places designation, Sculpture on August 10, 2011 by artoutmiami

3 each, 8 foot Utility Boxes.

Wendy Wischer Liquid Measures detail

Inspired by the pattern of the Golden Mean, this installation makes reference to the wind and water currents while reflecting the surroundings of the environment and those within it. Liquid Measures, uses Blue Moon Waterglass tiles containing a “waterglass” surface with a blue color. During the day, the sun reflects off these tiles as well creating beautiful light patterns around the surrounding sidewalk area similar to a disco ball yet these tiles will create organic light shapes and also be far softer and muted since the tiles are not made out of mirror.

Wendy Wischer, Liquid Measures, 3rd Street and Washington Ave, Miami Beach, 2010 (photo Peter Dooley)

Posted in Functional Art, Miami Beach, Official Art In Public Places designation, Sculpture on August 10, 2011 by artoutmiami

Wendy Wischer, Liquid Measures