Artist Rainer Lagemann Wants to Art Up Blah Metrorail Pylons

When most people look at the Metrorail, they think nothing of the hundreds of gray columns supporting the 22-mile-long structure. When artist Rainer Lagemann looks at it, though, he sees a blank canvas for public art.

He calls himself "an artist for the human body." Born in Germany, he only began welding in 2005 while living in California. Before that, he jumped between jobs in architecture and interior design around the world. In 2009 he left San Francisco to scope out the Miami art scene and after a brief stint in New York, has found a home in the 305

His life-sized sculptures are modeled off poses made by sprinters, swimmers, and even yogis. A year and a half ago, he added the climbers to his repertoire. He sees this particular series as "young, hip, and body-oriented -- everything Miami is."

Earlier this month he started a campaign on Kickstarter

called "Climbers over Miami." His mission is to raise money to fund a

public art project that would attach these figures to the "grey and sad

looking" columns all along the Metrorail. He needs $3,500 to pay for the

first sculpture if his dream will become a reality. He says his goal

would ultimately be for 25 installments total so they can be found not

only downtown, but on the entire length of the track.

With backing from the non-profit Beethoven Society,

he plans to creating the first one underneath the Brickell

station. A primary wind tunnel test is necessary to ensure they're safe

but once that is done, the next step would be to pick subsequent spots.


far he has raised about 40 percent of his goal. On the site, you can

pledge anywhere from $1 to $9,900. Different donation levels come with

unique incentives like a signed print of one of the climbers Lagemann

created to one of 13 body part sculptures.

"In the

meantime I work on regular stuff for the galleries, but this is a

project where I will not make any money but it's really dear to my


Those wanting to donate can do so until September 5 via Kickstarter.

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