Miami Dade Art in Public Places and the Miami Downtown Development Authority Commission “Fringe” Installations for Art Days.

Art Days

After a successful two-year run, the third annual Art Days in Downtown Miami will feature five new art installations commissioned especially for its “Fringe” component. This year’s ambitious commissions are the outcome of a new partnership between the Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA) and Miami Dade Art in Public Places (AiPP) that attracted over 43 project proposals locally, nationally, and internationally. Five final project winners have been selected by a jury of experts with the advice of Fringe curator Amanda Sanfilippo. Artists include Jenny Brillhart, Nicolas Lobo, Emmett Moore, Domingo Castillo and Moira Holohan—all of whom live and work in Miami. This partnership marks the ongoing commitment of the Miami DDA to develop arts and culture in Downtown Miami.

These five projects will be on view for ten days including the Art Days weekend, from September 18 to September 28, 2014.

Art Days will run from September 19 to September 21, 2014.

The art installations will be located in a one-mile radius around this year’s Art Days hub—the Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD), located at 100 Northeast 1st Avenue in Downtown—making it an ideal walking tour. These winning projects were created specifically for each site where they will be located.

Fringe“We’re very excited to partner with the Miami DDA again this year,” says Michael Spring, Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and head of the County’s Art in Public Places program. “Art Days is helping develop our arts community beyond the events coordinated throughout the weekend, and we’re happy to be involved.”

AiPP has had a long relationship with the Miami DDA since the arts initiative began, creating walking tours of Downtown Miami narrated by PAMM’s Director, Thom Collins and AiPP’s Brandi Reddick for previous events. This year, AIPP will also assist with programming tours led by the curator.

“This year, with the expert guidance of AiPP, Art Days will feature five world-class site specific projects amongst the numerous events and activities planned by our wonderful arts and culture partners in Downtown,” said Alyce Robertson, the Executive Director of the Miami DDA.

Led by curator Amanda Sanfilippo, a specialist expert in commissioning contemporary art who also curated last year’s “Fringe,” the projects respond to their locations and use Downtown’s unique architecture and landscape as their backdrop to create fun, interactive and socially poignant experiences. Amanda Sanfilippo describes her vision for the Fringe: “Because these projects are temporary and site-determined, they are alive and integrated into the real world. By using the city as a platform, they actualize timely concerns and ideas through engagement with the site and its wider context”.

“Miami Dade’s Art in public places projects have historically always been permanent,” says Brandi Reddick, Artists and Communications Manager at AiPP, “participation in the Fringe program enables us to break out of this old paradigm and align the program with Miami’s vibrant contemporary art scene.”

The five Fringe projects will be part of over one hundred exhibitions, events, art tours, artists open studios, panel discussions, outdoor performances, and family-friendly activities during the three-day Art Days experience.

The success of Art Days over the past two years has generated momentum and excitement in the downtown arts community. The program has grown from 50 events in 2 days the first year to 130 events in 3 days in its second year. All bike, walk and run tours sold out in 2013, prompting the DDA to increase family-friendly events by expanding the number of tours offered.

Krystal Tower to debut in Downtown Miami.

Krystal TowerBrazilian real estate development and construction mogul Rodolfo Ishak is launching a new 35-story, 153-residence condominium known as Krystal Tower in Downtown Miami. Located at 530 NW 1st Court, Krystal Tower is the latest development announced for the area where a transformation to one of the region’s most significant transportation, entertainment, shopping and business hubs is already underway.

Krystal Tower will provide a combination of upscale living and luxury amenities with larger floor plans and more attainable pricing than current offerings in Miami’s burgeoning urban core. A collection of 1-bedroom, 1 plus den and 2-bedroom residences averaging 907, 1,050 and 1,330 square feet respectively will be offered from the $200,000’s. Residence features include beautiful finished units with porcelain tile floors, designer European kitchen and bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of Biscayne Bay and gorgeous city skylines.

Building amenities will include a 3,900-square-foot rooftop pool deck, state-of-the-art fitness center, theater, club room and resident lounge, children’s playroom, yoga studio, bicycle storage and private storage lockers for each unit. Additional perks include valet service, 24-hour concierge and on-site security, plus 5,500 square feet of convenient ground floor retail.

Krystal Tower“Our goal is to develop a stunning tower with exceptional views, comfortable yet elegant living spaces, ample parking and the modern conveniences sought by urban dwellers, all at more attainable prices,” said Rodolfo Ishak.

One of several projects set to alter the neighborhood landscape, Krystal Tower is conveniently situated adjacent to All Aboard Florida’s proposed Grand Central Station and is mere blocks from Miami Worldcenter’s world-class retail, hotel and convention space, as well as important cultural and entertainment destinations such as Museum Park, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Bayfront Park and Amphitheater and American Airlines Arena, among others. One of the best-connected addresses in Miami, Krystal Tower is easily accessible at the junction of Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 and just minutes from the Port of Miami and Miami International Airport. Construction is slated to begin this winter and is scheduled for completion summer 2016.

Ishak has assembled an exclusive team of South Florida-based professionals with international reach and expertise to bring Krystal Tower to market. Set to officially launch sales in November, Krystal Tower will be led by Sales Director Roderyck Reiter, with Grand Floridian Estate Realty serving as the exclusive brokerage of record. Glidden Spina + Partners has designed the tower and its nine floor plans to reflect a sleek yet comfortable contemporary aesthetic. HM2V, Inc. will serve as the architect and interior designer of record.

The Krystal Tower sales center is located at 28 West Flagler Street, Suite 330 in downtown Miami and will open November 1.