Miami is an interesting and unique place. While Miami is very dirty, and also very high-class; sometimes literally one block to the next, the eclectic culture is not easily matched. I’ve talked about my opinions on the city and surrounding areas before so there’s always been the love-hate thing going on. My biggest gripe about the area is traffic, and parking, and bad drivers. It’s pretty much a free-for-all down there, lanes are just a suggestion, and double parking echoes the streets of New York City sometimes. There’s a language barrier too, more than 60% of the population now speak Spanish as their first language, so communicating can be difficult. What trumps all of that, besides the Art and Culture? The food! Miami is home to some of the most delicious Cuban, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Peruvian, and of course, American food!
Every few months though, I do brave the traffic (and danger) to check out what’s new in Wynwood. I have a strange attraction to Street Art. There is something about the intricacies of huge, larger-than-life murals hand painted by someone out of a spray bottle that really gets my emotions reeling with respect for a talented soul. There is no eraser; you make do with what you have, thinking on the fly, and making every last spatter of paint look “perfect” to admirers from all walks of life. The majority of the street art in Miami is commissioned and not considered vandalism, which means artists really take their time with each piece. It also means it’s closer to my opinion of Art, rather than some graffitied tag name on the side of a train or something. Before anyone moans: Art is subjective, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and all of that nonsense! I have my own personal standards, ideas, and opinionated differences between Graffiti and Graffiti Art/Street Art.
Most of the installments are up for about a year, and then painted over and reused for another mural. Which makes documenting them important to me. An Art walk is held every 2nd Saturday of the month, in which the Galleries open their doors for public viewing. We have one up here in Fort Lauderdale too, in Fat Village.
For the last 10 years (est. 2002), Art Basel Miami has been bringing in art and people from all around the globe, and it’s pretty admirable. I noticed that some of the installations made note of Art Basel 2012. Which means they will be gone by next year. So, sit back, relax and take in some of the stunningly beautiful street art installations on the dirty streets of Miami.
These are a few of my favorites!
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