Art Basel Outdoors

Wynwood gets ready for Art Basel 2011. Photo: Tomas Loewy

Last year, ginormous pink snails won the hearts of Art Basel attendees. This year expect the same to happen with plenty of outdoor installations and events. From giant electric trees and 30-foot high flowers to grand pianos popping up all over town and daily outdoor screenings of artistic flicks. Here’s your guide to exploring Art Basel Miami’s 2011 Great Outdoors Art Guide.

Aleloop’s 10 Art MINI Coopers Installation
Ongoing and on Sat., Dec. 3 from 6 p.m. – midnight
Where: Ongoing and at Foodtrucks Lot in Wynwood, NW 2nd Ave & 23Ct. on Saturday
Pop artist Aleloop (a.k.a. Alejandra Leibovich) has put together a caravan of 10 Art MINI Coopers which have scheduled stops between Dec. 1 – Dec. 4 in Wynwood, the Design District, Midtown and Miami Beach. Traveling in the cars are 40 performers. At each scheduled stop the performers will pop out of the cars and do a flash mob performance around the cars.

Art in the Garden at Carol Jazzar Gallery
Wed., Nov. 30 – Jan. 15 
Where: 158 NW 91 St.; 305-490-6906
You are Here Forever is a group exhibition set in an iconic 1950’s converted garage as well as a private home and garden. Curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud,it explores the work of 10 international artists.

Breakfast in the Park
When: Sunday, Dec. 4; 9:30 a.m. – noon
Where: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, 10975 S.W. 17th St., Miami; 305-348-2890 The complimentary outdoor breakfast brings hundreds of patrons, artists and art collectors every year. Aside from grub, enjoy guided tours of The Sculpture Park, and exhibitions in the Museum and guest speaker Joel Perlman. Artist Perlman has been creating complex sculptures out of steel, bronze, copper and aluminum since the 1970s.

Collins Park
Thur., Dec. 1 – Sun., Dec. 4
Where: Collins Park, Collins Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets;
The Bass Museum of Art will turn Collins Park into an outdoor gallery featuring 24 works. Pieces by Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and Robert Indiana. L.A. based artist Glenn Kaino is recruiting hundreds of volunteers to lift a 20-foot-by-20-foot sculptural platform for the duration of the art show, for his piece aptly named “Levitating the Fair.”

Graffiti Gone Global event 
When: Thur., Dec. 1 – Sun., Dec. 4 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m. except Sunday till 4 p.m.)
Where: The Rotunda Space, 3252 NE 1st Ave., Suite 101, Midtown
Graffiti Gone Global presents the designs of architects Marc Fornes and Volkan Alkanoglu along with artist and curator Billi Kid and the digital agency Branger Briz.

MiMo Art in the Park
When: Sunday, Dec. 4, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Legion Park, 66th St. & Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-609-4288
MiMo Art in the Park hosts The Big MiMo Chalk-In with artists of all ages creating Miami’s largest chalk mural. Live music and historic district tours from 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Plus plenty of activities for children, including magicians, jugglers and face painters.

Mark Handforth: Rolling Stop
Wed., Nov. 30 – Feb. 19 
Where: Griffing Park, 12220 Griffing Blvd., North Miami,
Organized by MOCA museum, Mark Handforth’s: Rolling Stop exhibition brings together over 30 works. One particular stand out is his Electric Tree. The tree is a giant Banyan tree that will be illuminated with over 60 fluorescent light fixtures.

Pop Up Pianos
Thur., Dec. 1 – Sat., Dec. 3 
Where: 2417 N. Miami Avenue, Wynwood Art District
Presented by Steinway Piano Gallery and The Black Key Group, Pop Up Piano is a public art project inspired by the New York City organization Sing for Hope. Ten pianos have been donated by Steinway and strategically placed in locations around the city where “pop-up” performances will be held. Ten artists have customized the pianos ranging from graffiti to 3D sculptures. The pianos will be donated to Miami Dade public schools.

SoundScape Park
When: Thur., Dec. 1 – Sun., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: SoundScape Park, 500 17th St.,  Miami Beach; 305-673-3331
Outside of the New World Center  artistic films selected by David Gryn, director of London’s Artprojx, will be displayed on the building’s 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall.

Street Bush Rose Sculpture
When: Sun., Nov. 27 – Sun., Dec. 4, all day
Where: Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
If you like flowers, then Will Ryman’s 65th Street sculpture is a must see. The mammoth rose bed, which measures 20 ft high will blossom on the hotel’s beachfront. Expect to see pink and red blossoms springing up from steel stems.


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