Art in Public Places

Apply for the Public Arts Advisory Committee by Jan. 1

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Jade Signature, located at 16901 Collins Avenue, unveiled the City’s newest art structure, Bonhomme Universe. Designed by Romanian artist, Daniel Knorr, this 15-foot sculpture offers a vibrant and fresh artistic perspective for residents and visitors to appreciate. The sculpture is enclosed in gemstones from around the world symbolizing Miami’s multicultural community, while the palm frond arm indicates a sign of peace.

The inner structure of the sculpture is composed of metal rings welded together to create spheres, with an assortment of gemstones surrounding the surface of the snowman, including semi-precious Jade stones. Five artificial branches made of stainless steel frame are perfectly designed for the structure and allow for strong winds to blow against.

Stop by the east side of the recently completed Jade Signature project to view this brand new work of art, a direct result of the City of Sunny Isles Beach’s Art in Public Places ordinance.

In order to continue to enrich Art in Public Places, the City of Sunny Isles Beach is seeking applicants for the new Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC), designed to advise the City Commission on matters of public art. Whether you are a professionally trained artist, engineer or urban planner, PAAC needs your affinity for art to help transform the City into a beacon of art and cultural diversity.

“We created a Cultural Master Plan to develop arts and cultural programming designed for the evolution and fruition of creative projects and spaces,” says Sunny Isles Beach City Manager, Chris Russo. “We anticipate this new Public Arts Advisory Committee will further beautify what is already referred to as the ‘jewel’ of northeast Miami-Dade County, Sunny Isles Beach.”

Committee members work on a pro bono basis and must possess qualifications in one or more of the following skills: visual or graphic arts, architecture and design, urban planning, public art and place-making curation, engineering, digital and display design, and professionally trained artists.

Members of PAAC will serve two-year terms. Five applicants will be selected to advise the Commission and make recommendations with respect to overall public art policy, methodology and selection of artwork to be placed on City-owned property, public arts projects and programs, and other artistic-related tasks determined by the City Commission or City Manager.

To apply for the Public Arts Advisory Committee, submit a letter stating your qualifications, interest in serving on this committee, and willingness and availability to serve. File your letter with the Office of the City Clerk at 18070 Collins Ave., 4th Floor, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160. The deadline for submittal letters is Jan. 1, 2018.

The City Commission reserves the right to expand their search beyond City boundaries, within Miami-Dade County, if the search within the City is not sufficient. For more information about the Public Arts Advisory Committee, call 305.792.1703.

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