MBCC To Debut Unprecedented Public Art Collection

May 23, 2017

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Miami’s highly anticipated convention center transformation will feature six internationally recognized artists, celebrating the vibrant spirit, people and arts of the destination.  

MIAMI (May 23, 2017) – All eyes are on Miami and The Beaches as the destination’s highly anticipated convention center renovation and expansion nears completion in advance of its 2018 debut. More than just a $615-million construction project, the development of the Miami Beach Convention Center represents a celebration of Miami arts, culture, and natural surroundings. In a record-breaking commitment to the arts, the destination has invested approximately $7 million in public art throughout the convention center site, one of the largest public art commissions in the nation.

“Miami’s world-class meeting facilities, hotels, and tropical playground already draw more than 1.3 million business and convention travelers each year. And next year the Miami Beach Convention Center will be a true game-changer in making our destination an ideal location for high-profile meetings, events and citywide conventions,” said Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “The convention center’s incredible art collection will join our renowned museum offerings, including the brand-new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, in solidifying Miami as an international destination for the arts.”

The six distinguished contemporary artists contributing to the convention center’s public art commission were carefully selected by the Miami Beach Art in Public Places Committee from more than 520 artists from around the world.  Each artist will create a monumental, site specific installation relating to Miami Beach. The projects will be situated throughout the convention center interiors and public parks. The large-scale artworks in development include:

-       Bent Pool, an outdoor sculpture that will create a striking arch out of a swimming pool, by Elmgreen & Dragset (London / Berlin).

-       Mental Maps A mural in tribute to Miami Beach’s cosmopolitan development and international tourism by Franz Ackermann (Berlin).

-       Waterways, a series of etched glass panels that play on Miami Beach’s waterscape, by Ellen Harvey (New York).

-       Located World, Miami Beach, an installation in the convention center’s main lobby composed of 250 neon works that reference Miami Beach’s location throughout the world, by the pioneer of conceptual art, Joseph Kosuth (London/New York).

-       Morris Lapidus, an extensive tile installation on the exterior walls of the northeast entranceway to the convention center, by Sarah Morris (New York).

-       Humanoids, an outdoor sculpture series in the northeast ballroom park, by Joep Van Lieshout (Rotterdam).

The largest response to a public art commission in the history of Miami-Dade County, the city started commissioning artists more than two years ago and the works will debut with the convention center’s grand opening in Fall 2018. The $615-million investment for the Miami Beach Convention Center is part of Miami and the Beaches meetings and conventions renaissance as the destination embarks on a series of new infrastructure enhancements. Once home to Muhammad Ali boxing matches, the NFL Super Bowl Media Headquarters, NAACP National Conferences and both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and today home to Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami, the Miami Beach Convention Center is being reimagined as a state-of-the-art LEED certified facility with more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, a new 60,000 square foot mixed use ballroom and 81 new break-out rooms spanning 190,000 square feet. The Miami Beach Convention Center is the anchor to Greater Miami's meetings and conventions industry, which generates an economic impact of nearly $2 billion to the destination and will create almost 1,500 new jobs.

Boasting a centrally located, state-of-the-art international airport, temperatures that average 76ºF (24 ºC) year round, and approximately 50,000 hotel rooms – from chic  boutiques to luxury beach and golf resorts – the convention center will continue Miami’s evolution as a meetings destination for all seasons.

To learn more about the future Miami Beach Convention Center and Miami Meetings visit:  www.MiamiMeetings.com

Editor’s Note: Interviews with GMCVB executives and Miami Beach Convention Center project leaders as well as visuals are available upon request.

About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an independent accredited not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions.

For a vacation guide, visit our website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com, or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices, dial 305-539-3000.  Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071, or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com.

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