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Miami Public Art Gets An Infusion of “Americana”

A new art program is launched in Bal Harbour, with an installation from artist George Sanchez-Calderon

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Activity in Miami’s art world won’t reach its frenzied apex until Dec. 6, when Art Basel and its satellite fairs set up camp but Unscripted, a new Bal Harbour public-art program, is already making the town’s landscape more compelling and beautiful.

On Oct. 18, Unscripted launched with its first commission, a two-part installation (on view through early February) called “Pax Americana” by George Sanchez-Calderon, which refers to Bal Harbour’s history. The first part is called “Americana,” a sculpture made of six-foot tall stainless-steel letters spelling out the word that was placed in front of the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, formerly the Americana Hotel. On Nov. 2, the second part, “Levittown House,” below, a recreation of a typical home from Long Island’s famous post-World War II planned community, was put up on Bal Harbour’s Founder Circle. Bal Harbour was originally a planned community that was incorporated in 1946, a year before Levittown. 

Through Unscripted,” says Carolyn Travis, executive director of Bal Harbour Tourism, “we are giving artists a platform to create ambitious projects while also showcasing Bal Harbour as a cultural and arts destination for global visitors.”