It’s no secret that Art Basel Miami Beach turns the Miami Beach Convention Center into ground zero for modern and contemporary art. During Art Week in Miami, there are also loads of other fun (and free) things you can check out.
Faena Hotel, for example, teamed up with Wynwood based artist Peter Tunney for an installation on Faena Beach called, “The Sinking of the Taj Mahal.” When it opened in 1990, Trump’s Taj Mahal (which he dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World) was the world’s largest casino. The doors to the 2,000 room hotel were shuttered in October 2016. Tunney acquired his art installation pieces through connections during the casino’s public liquidation this summer.
The exhibit, which can be found on Faena Beach roughly between 32nd Street and 36th Street, is free and open to the public. You can check out a full list of all our favorite Florida hot spots and foodie gems here.
Tunney apparently spent months collecting and transporting massive pieces from the Atlantic City Taj Mahal to Miami.
Catching a glimpse of casino splendor buried in the sand is quite a sight, but it’s even more fun to people watch and see joggers doing a double take as they run past the art installation.
In addition to Tunney’s piece on display during Art Week in Miami, you can also spy contemporary artist Phillip K. Smith III‘s, “120 Degree Arc East Southeast.”
We imagine this piece would be simply stunning at sunset with clouds and the bright orange hues of the setting sun. A full list of all the Faena Art exhibitions during Miami Art Week can be found here.
The luxe Faena Hotel is no newbie when it comes to impactful art. Visitors to the property can often be caught staring in wonder at Damien Hirst’s massive gold gilded mammoth skeleton, “Gone, but Not Forgotten.” (The three meter tall giant can be found in the back courtyard of the hotel to the right of the swimming pool area.)
The installation is radical given the juxtaposition of an extinct species (Mr. Mammoth) and the rapidly rising body of turquoise blue water behind it. Perhaps “Gone, but Not Forgotten,” isn’t simply meant to be an Instagram post for racking up likes. Hirst’s artwork could be taken as an ibis warning low lying coastal areas like the magic city of their own extinction. (If extinction is a topic that piques your interest, you’ll definitely want to check out the incredible Grande Galerie de L’Évolution in Paris, France.)
Whether you’re thinking about cashing in your chips after viewing Tunney’s casino masterpiece, watching the sun sink below the horizon in Smith’s piece or gawking at Hirst’s giant gold woolly mammoth, one thing is for certain – you won’t forget catching a glimpse of Faena Hotel’s palmy gold stash. Hopefully Faena Hotel will keep its collection of gilty art displays going for many years to come.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Address: 3201 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Hours: 24/7 Monday, December 4th Through Saturday, December 9th
Phone: (305) 534-8800
Pricing (All in USD): Free and Open to the Public