FAENA Programming Free to the Public for Miami Art Week 2017

FAENA Announces Site Specific Commissions and Special Programming

Free and Open to the Public for Miami Art Week 2017

Offering the largest public installations during the 2017 edition of Miami Art Week, Faena District exemplifies the democratization of art, and continues mission for offering community driven experiences.

The Sinking of The Taj Mahal by Peter Tunney

Miami, Florida: FAENA announces a series of new site-sensitive commissions in public areas of the Faena District Miami Beach. On Monday night, December 4th, Alan Faena, along with Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, welcomed guests to the public opening of FAENA’s Art Week Installations, the largest public art installation during the 2017 edition of Miami Art Week. Immersive, site-sensitive commissions by international artists Phillip K. Smith III, Studio Drift, Peter Tunney, and artistic interventions on the Faena Forum’s façade by Miami-based artist Kelly Breez, collective Coral Morphologic, and Argentine artist Martin Borini, will activate the Faena District and are free and open to the public.

Alan Faena explains, “We have redefined the way we live in cities by building a strong community anchored in art and culture. The Faena District is envisioned as a space for a multiplicity of voices and artistic practices. For this edition of Miami Art Week, we are proud to present artists working on a range of media in public spaces for all to enjoy.”

Curated by Ximena Caminos (Chair and Artistic Director of FAENA ART), these public and immersive interventions keep with the mission to serve the community and create spaces for experimentation and social interaction; expanding the commitment to offer free, public programming to the city of Miami and to support local artists.

Ediacaran Mind

Miami based artist Kelly Breez, the science/art collective Coral Morphologic, and Argentine artist Martin Borini will intervene the OMA / Rem Koolhaas-designed façade of the Faena Forum with digital video and animations. The 3D-mapped projections are invitations for the public to experience contemporary art in the public sphere as an urban architectural intervention. Kelly Breez’s existential cartoonish drawings and scrawled lettering pose questions that are both profound and comical. Coral Morphologic’s video work celebrates the synchronicity behind the sexual reproduction of the corals proposing that unlocking the secrets of coral reproduction is a

culminating achievement in humankind’s quest for the colonization of planet Earth and a first step towards restoring a healthy biosphere. Their beautiful and luminescent patterns of phosphorescent corals evoke the beautiful geometry and colors of the naturally occurring forms in our environment. Martin Borini’s work approximates white noise and intervenes the façade as if there was a glitch in the system. The images are generated from small variations in a force feedback of a closed system, creating superimposing and unique images using the generative loop as content origin. His work consists of live visual performances and stage design, both under a clear state of art thinking development using original visual techniques combined in an overall process with art direction and technology.  Ediacaran Mind will rotate hourly and will be visible nightly Monday through Saturday of Miami Art Week

120 Degree Arc East-Southeast

Unifying a large swath of the Faena Beach is artist Phillip K Smith III with a new iteration of the work he created earlier this year at Desert X in the Coachella Valley. What was once a sacred circle in the desert of California is here converted into an arc that seems to hold the sea, a mirrored cove that opens up towards the Caribbean. The work creates a reflective space within the beach environment—the mirrored steel structural elements disappear and meld into the pure elements of water and sky. The artwork directly engages with the ocean surrounding and the endless heavens. As the light shifts over the course of the day and the viewer moves through the installation, land, water and sky are separated, merged, and displaced, subverting one’s assumed relationship with the horizon and natural boundaries. It is a constantly morphing installation that can never be seen the same way twice.  The installation will be on display 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday of Miami Art Week on Faena Beach between 32nd and 36th streets.

The Sinking of The Taj Mahal

Artist Peter Tunney has been carefully collecting for months giant pieces of the infamous abandoned casino from Atlantic City and is now converting it into a site-specific installation at the Faena Miami Beach. The artist’s access to the demolition of the casino led to an obsession with the monumental pieces from the façade and rooftop of the building which created the illusion of the self-titled, “8th wonder of the world,” the Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino. Giant chandeliers, a two-ton ornate concrete elephant and towering letters will all emerge out of the sand. Tunney’s installation of metal, glass, gold, concrete and steel finds extreme beauty in ruins. The installation will be on display 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday of Miami Art Week on Faena Beach between 32nd and 36th streets.

Franchise Freedom, a flying sculpture by Studio Drift in partnership with BMW

Dutch duo Studio Drift, supported by FAENA ART and in partnership with BMW and Pace Gallery, will premiere Franchise Freedom, a performative artwork at the interface between technology, science, and art on the beach of Faena District. An autonomous flying swarm of 300 drones, Franchise Freedom, exposes the tension between individual freedom and safety by numbers. The sacrifice made by the individual subjecting to the group gives off the illusion of freedom, creating a never-ending cycle. It is the first time that a natural phenomenon will be imitated by machines working with decentralized algorithms at this scale.   Franchise Freedom will be activated on December 7 – 9 at 8:00PM.  Premiere on December 6 at 8:00PM.


Certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defense and to conserve their resources. This highly evolved natural mechanism is called ‘nyctinasty’ and inspired Studio Drift to create Shylight for Faena Beach Dome; nine sculptures that unfolds and retreats in a fascinating choreography, mirroring that of real flowers.  The work will be featured at Faena Beach Dome starting at 2:00 p.m. on December 7-9.

Cricket Shelter

By artist Mitchell Joachim, Cricket Shelter is an urban farming system and temporary shelter that minimizes the ecological footprint of protein-rich food production. In the spirit of community gardens, it contributes to the formation of inclusive, socially viable environments and the sustainable development of vacant lots. The Cricket Shelter will be presented on the terrace at the front entrance of Faena Hotel Miami Beach from December 4-9.

ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces & DeXtinction

These two monumental site-specific installations together convert the entire Faena Forum into an experience that brings the audience from heaven to the garden of earthly delights, from the realm of the ancestors towards an idyllic and utopian future, from the ashes and dust to the disco inferno. The installations will be located in Faena Forum and will be available to the public starting at 12:00 p.m. from December 4 & 10.

Schedules for all installations may be updated for inclement weather so please stay up to date on the Faena Art App or website. For more information on the installations as well as the artists, visit www.faena.com or www.faenaart.org.


Admission is free and open to the public.


Faena Beach

Between 32nd and 36th streets.

Miami Beach, FL 33140

Faena Forum

3300 Collins Ave

Miami Beach, FL 33140


Founded by Alan Faena, FAENA is a pioneer in its field, specializing in the creation of one-of-a-kind holistic environments anchored in cultural experiences and socially responsible projects, which integrate residences and hotels with art and cultural spaces. Faena is rooted in ideas and concepts that have the power to reshape and enhance our world. Its projects are platforms for personal expression, cultural interaction and original thinking—destination landmarks encompassing new buildings, revitalized historic properties, and dramatic natural settings, which FAENA develops collaboratively with teams of leading architects, designers and artists.


Located in the heart of Miami Beach, Faena District stretches north from 32nd Street to 36th Street, between the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek. Every single one of its elements defies convention while promoting cultural inclusiveness that will benefit the entire community. This is, at its heart, Faena’s definition of luxury: a clever combination of art, design, technology, service, nature and sustainability. Faena District Miami Beach is the result of a collaboration between some of the most talented and rebellious minds who continue to challenge existing concepts of culture, entertainment and community. By integrating art, architecture, nature and technology, Faena District changes the physical and cultural landscape of Miami Beach forever.


FAENA ART is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that houses and produces postdisciplinary and time-based experiences. A catalyst for innovative, site-specific, and immersive creative practices, FAENA ART is a transformative bridge across the Americas, between the south and the north, the popular and the experimental, activism and research. FAENA ART fosters new models for performative social interaction that transcend the traditional boundaries of art, science, philosophy, and social practice. Ximena Caminos is Chair and Artistic Director of FAENA ART.

photo credit: Mark Abramson Photography (@markabramsonphoto)

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