Travelers who use the Miami airport: MIA now has three new art installations:
Air Chair, a construction of a discarded wheelchair and steel and wood materials, floats above passengers near North Terminal’s gate D-14. Paul Villinski, a New York artist who jogs near two VA hospitals on Roosevelt Island, was inspired by men he saw in wheelchairs. As a sculptor and paraglider pilot, he said, he wanted to contrast the image of limitation (a wheelchair) with the freedom of flight.
Roberto Juarez’ MIA Flower Fence, a painted mural that juxtaposes botanical-style renderings of Florida wildflowers with the geometric patchwork designs of Florida’s Miccosukee Tribe, is by skytrain Station 1 on Concourse D. “A glimpse of Miami's clear skies and starry nights celebrates the splendor of Florida's tropical climate and blossoming gifts of nature,” Juarez said.
Hortensia, two kaleidoscopic mixed-media murals by local artist Aramis O’Reilly, is by the exit doors between the South Terminal international greeter’s lobby and the Flamingo parking garage. “My work is an exercise in creating moments that describe the play between the act of creation and the deeper forces of design with purpose. In this work, I represented nature vaguely abstracted and created a design that attempts to express the exuberance of life,” O’Reilly said.
For more information about the new installations, click here. All photos by Dan Forer.