Art in Bloom, now in its fifth incarnation, offers the concrete-weary a return to Eden by transforming Miami Beach Botanical Garden into a sculptural paradise. This time we wanted to focus on sculpture displayed outdoors, to encourage visitors to enjoy the beauty of the grounds, explains curator Carol Jazzar.
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Presented in conjunction with Art Miami, the show opens tonight at 6:00 with a reception sponsored by Finlandia Vodka and features an environmentally themed performance by Momentum Dance Company at 8:00. Highlights of the exhibit include Ani Villanuevas plastic and rubber arachnid army dangling from strings; Skip Van Cels At War with Peace, a towering stack of rickety wooden palettes commenting on the war in Iraq; Michael Martindells Bird Man, wrought from recycled steel; and Rein Triefeldts nifty solar-panel butterfly.
Jazzar, who has a booth at Art Miami this year, says the exhibit offers a soothing oasis to rest the tootsies: Its a nice respite for those tired of all the walking.
Thu., Jan. 4, 6 p.m.