Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Britto Backlash?

Critical Miami has a great post about the new shopping center being built on the corner of 5th Street and Alton Road in South Beach.

The same company that is constructing this complex also built the Dadeland Station as well as other shopping complexes in Kendall.

Nothing on the face is wrong with that, except for the fact that the builder is completely obsessed with Britto. Every single space they can find for art (even in their homes) is covered in bright colored stars, shapes, hearts, faces - the things that are Britto.

Well there is some law down here about art in public spaces. I guess if you are using public space (including public parking) then you must include some type of art piece in your structure. Critical Miami points to a New Times article from 2 years ago that picks up on the problems with the new South Beach shopping complex - it's either Britto and public parking or Britto and private parking.

The shopping complex planned to sell the parking garage to Miami Beach which then triggered the Art in Public Places Ordinance. Under that law the developer has to pay a fee of 1.5% of the construction costs (about $500,000) to the Arts in Public Places commission and then the Art in Public Places Committee gets involved where they approve the art chosen for the project.

Many people have come out to say that the Britto love has to stop. There is a need to pick other artists and not just those artists that are your friends. However, anyone who is stepping up against Britto is quickly going to be squashed because this shopping complex isn't required to have any art if it chooses to do everything privately. If they choose not to sell the garage to the City of Miami, the builder can choose to put up Britto no matter what anyone's opinion is.

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Blogger Elad said...

urgh! Britto! what boring, samey, work this guy and his army of worker bees put out on a daily basis. Britto is signature Miami, sure, but he's already everywhere! why put him more places?

there's a lot of great - if not earth-shattering - work we see at these design/art walks everymonth, why not showcase one of them? why does everything have to be celebrity pop-art?????!!!

April 17, 2007 2:44 PM  

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