Some people come to Miami for its beaches and promenades, but also for the southern gastronomy in this city that has so many variations. But especially in recent years, Miami has become the playground for artists, collectors, critics, gallery owners and occasional buyers who make all their fantasies a reality in the form of a canvas, steel, a digital installation or spray paint.
Miami has several neighborhoods that can be visited, each with its own characteristic personality. We recommend exploring South Beach on foot, thanks to the unbeatable location of Iberostar Berkeley. It is easy to reach all neighborhoods by public transport or by car.
South Beach without cliches
But let's start at the beginning. Let’s go first to Miami Beach and South Beach, where Carl Fisher imagined a bright and future tourist city. The great construction boom would come between the twenties and forties, when most of the Art Decó and MiMo style buildings (Miami Modern) that now decorate this part of the city were built.
Between 5th and 23rd Streets, recently named the Art Deco Historic District, more than 800 historic buildings have been preserved and stand out because of their geometric shapes, pastel-colored facades and glass brick walls.
A display of a unique style that also set in front of the sea with another of the city's icons: 13.6 kilometers of beach where the most famous lifeguard stands in the world are built. They are unique elements that were already present in the 1920s but have been renovated over time. Many of the 31 stations we see today were designed by William Lane, a local architect who designed them in the 90s.
After Sun Fairs
Every December, sun-seekers rub shoulders with another type of visitor: Miami Art Week attendees. Fair tents land on this beach and other open spaces such as Collins Park and Soundscape Park. A figure to clarify the magnitude of the event: 20 art fairs are held simultaneously during the Art Week, that are attended by more than 1,200 galleries accompanied by thousands of artists.
The epicenter of all of them is Art Basel, the American version of the prestigious Swiss fair (held in June), which also has a presence in Hong Kong (March). But the same week, at the same time, SCOPE, Art Miami, Untitled, NADA Art Fair, Art Miami, Aqua Art Miami, each with its own style and offerings, open their doors.
Thus, the Wynwood Walls were born. Today, this open-air art gallery is the tourist epicenter of a district in which Peter Tunney or Shepard Fairey (creator of the famous Obama “Hope” poster), Bordalo or The London Police have left their mark.
And keep your eyes peeled! There are also graffiti artists and muralists like Maya Hayuk, Aiko or Lady Pink. But Wynwood’s urban revolution doesn’t end here; spray paint has acted as a magnet for other kinds of art creators and collectors as well. In recent years, over 70 galleries have been established between Biscayne Boulevard and NW 6th Avenue.