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Surfside’s Best Art is Public

By: Surfside Nov 26, 2019

From public to private spaces, art is a common thread in Surfside and the surrounding area. Since the launch of Art Basel Miami in 2002, South Florida has quietly and powerfully redefined itself as a cultural powerhouse with an internationally recognized art scene. The eclectic blend of contemporary art, murals and nature art bring color and vibrancy to the city and a sense of wonder that people of all ages can enjoy. 

Whether you’re visiting Surfside for Miami Art Week, or just looking to explore a bit of local culture while on vacation, we’ve got the best places to see art in and around the Town of Surfside.  

 

Art in Surfside’s Undercurrent


Public Spaces 

 

Hoxxoh Mural 

Multi-colored and psychedelic, the spirographic mural at 96th street park by Miami-based artist Hoxxoh is both hypnotizing and mysterious. Muralist Douglas Hoekzema, aka Hoxxoh, creates bright spirographic murals based on themes of energy and nature that attempt to show us a different way of viewing time. These themes are exemplified at the 96th street park mural in a series of bright starbursts layered with symmetrical lines and primary colors. Truly eye-catching against the nature that surrounds it, this mural is something to appreciate.  Take the time to admire or pose for a picture! It’s one of Surfside’s most “Instagram-worthy” spots. 

96th Street Park
9580 Bay Dr,
Surfside, FL, 33154


 

Turtle Walk 

Located in front of the Surfside Community Center, Turtle Walk is a public art exhibition of 13 unique and colorful fiberglass turtle sculptures.  Each sculpture is painted by a different renowned South Florida artist. At five feet tall and four feet wide from flipper-to-flipper, it is hard to miss these brightly-colored, spirited sculptures. The Town of Surfside commissioned local Florida artists for this installation to create awareness about sea turtle conservation (and the Town’s commitment to preservation) through art. Perhaps the most playful of the works seen around Surfside, Turtle Walk is a gentle reminder that nature is art too. Fun Fact: Surfside is the only seaside community in Miami-Dade County with an art exhibit that pays tribute to marine life.

93rd Street Turtle Walk
Between Collins and Harding Avenues
Surfside, FL, 33154


 

Public Sculpture 

A unique statuesque marble sculpture by artist Pablo Atchugarry stands tall, pointing skyward at the 94th street beach entrance. On display for the public to enjoy, the piece “Incontro di Luce” which roughly translates to mean ‘finding the light’ is an elegant reminder to enjoy the Surfside sunshine. Atchugarry’s abstract sculptural art is included in many major collections, both private and public throughout the world. Its public presence is worth noting and a few moments of enjoyment. 

94th Street Beach Entrance
94th and Collins Avenue
Surfside, FL, 33154


 

Public / Private Spaces 

 

Contemporaries at Arte   

As the first building by the renowned Italian architect Antonio Citterio in the U.S., this 12-story oceanfront Arte is located at 8955 Collins Avenue.  With its stepped style and expansive balconies, the building itself could be considered a work of art.  The beauty doesn’t stop there.  Once you step inside, the building features a hand-curated selection of world-class artists, including legendary American artist Robert Indiana and the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Although this is a private residential building, pop into the lobby to admire. 

Arte Surfside
8955 Collins Ave,
Surfside, FL 33154


Modern Art at the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club

For art insiders, the incredible collection at the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club may feel a bit familiar. In a case of careful curation, much of the art on display was created by artists whose work appears, or has appeared, at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. This includes names like Italian photographer Paola Pivi, Ugo Rondinone, Sterling Ruby and Cindy Sherman. To experience the art, stop in for a cocktail at the Champagne Bar and walk around the storied halls of Peacock Alley and take it in. Interestingly, both The Bass and The Surf Club were designed by the architect Russell Pancoast who is known for his Art Deco touches. 

Four Seasons at The Surf Club
9011 Collins Ave,
Surfside, FL 33154


Jeff Koons at Oceana 

Art is deeply ingrained into the fabric of Oceana condominium where first-rate contemporary artists including Juan Usle, Taryn Simon, and Jorge Mendez Blake adorn the lobby. Seated Ballerina and Pluto and Proserpina, by Jeff Koons can also be found on site. Setting the tone at the entrance of the building, both of these stainless-steel sculptures follow the iconic style of Koons by featuring a mirrored surface finish. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential and controversial artists of the postwar era, this is an incredible opportunity to see museum-quality art without purchasing a ticket. 

Oceana
10201 Collins Ave,
Bal Harbour, FL 33154



Further Afield 

Interested in seeing more of the art scene? Surfside’s prime location puts it just a short drive from premiere museums, renown galleries and the world’s most preeminent art fair.


Art Sightseeing 

Surfside is adjacent to a tiny waterfront neighborhood, Indian Creek Island, where many residents have installed large pieces from prominent artists in their.  Located directly across from the Surf Club at the Four Seasons, Indian Creek Island features pieces from many famous artists.  So, take a boat tour of the area and enjoy the view of beautiful sculptural works from artists Richard Serra, Ugo Rondinone and Alexander Calder. 

Indian Creek Waterway
Surfside, FL 33154

 

Museum of Contemporary Art 

 

Directly across the Broad Causeway, just a short 10-minute drive from Surfside, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCa) is a collecting museum with an expansive catalog of 500 works by well-known contemporary artists. Past solo and survey exhibitions have included Tracey Emin, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Virginia Overton, and Miami’s Purvis Young. Check the website for the latest exhibits and events. The last Friday of each month is pay as you wish for “Jazz at MOCA.”

MoCa
770 NE 125th St,
North Miami, FL 33161

 

Art Basel Miami and Art Week  


Praised for putting Miami on the cultural map, the internationally recognized Miami Art Week and the accompanying Art Basel Miami fair is a must-see, must-do affair for the art aficionados.  The main fair occurs at The Miami Beach Convention Center with over 12 satellite fairs dotted throughout the city’s landscape. In addition to the fairs, there are gallery openings, public art exhibitions and parties galore for the annual, week-long affair.  What’s the best part?  The town of Surfside is just 15 minutes away – close enough to enjoy the scene, and far enough to take a serene break when it’s all over. 

Miami Beach Convention Center
Washington Ave,
Miami Beach, FL 33140



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