Casey Lesser 2017-11-29 12:55:34
In a new $120 million urban redevelopment project, Miami is getting its own version of NYC’s High Line, transforming land below the Metrorail into a park featuring an ever-changing collection of art. The Underline, Miami’s much-anticipated $120 million future park, promises to transform a 10-mile stretch below the Metrorail train tracks into a vibrant community hub, with safe paths for biking and walking, green space, playgrounds—and art. Meg Daly, the Underline’s founder and president, envisions the park as a “living art destination.” To achieve this, she recruited Miami art collector and patron Debi Wechsler to chair an Art Advisory Committee, consisting of art professionals and collectors. “We want things to move and change, to be dynamic, so that people want to constantly come back,” Wechsler says of the park’s art, which will include permanent installations and interactive sculptures, as well as temporary exhibitions and performances, by local and international artists. Adds committee member Stefanie Reed, the Florida VIP representative for Art Basel, “What we all want to do is see this community blossom and flourish, and for art to be an integral part.” While the park is still in its early stages—the first 2.5 miles are fully funded and will be constructed in 2018 and 2019—a preview of the Underline’s art arrived earlier this year. Works by Miami artists Agustina Woodgate, Nicolas Lobo, Bhakti Baxter and Naomi Fisher were temporarily installed at Metrorail’s Brickell station through an ArtPlace America grant. Particularly popular was Lobo’s Brutal Workout, which saw locals enthusiastically playing on a sculptural jungle gym. “That is a focus of ours,” Reed says, “to find art that engages people, that they enjoy and want to interact with.”
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