Art Pact in Brickell

Recently, several colleagues and I decided to form Patrons of Art in the City Trust (PACT) with the purpose of enhancing the culture of art patronage in the City. In this Sunday’s El Nuevo Herald, Ana Remos wrote a column regarding our initiative as one that could alter the city scape of Brickell.

Local artist Rafael Consuegra’s work

The Artist

Miami is home to a panoply of talented artists, many of which are sculptors. I have had the pleasure of developing friendships with a few of the city’s best. Over time, I’ve realized that, despite their renown talents, the life of an artist is tough. Theirs is a burning passion that can find expression commensurate to the resources disposable to them. Unfortunately, resources are often scarce and their best works remain confined to the mind. In some cases, there is a sadder reality, completed monumental stunning works of sculpture that are stored in obscure locations throughout the city–out of public sight and off the radar of public appreciation. The prevailing sentiment is “wait and see”. In what exhibition can they showcase? How can I get this piece the recognition that it deserves? Where am I going to store it next? As such, these real constraints stifle their work and with it, the legacy of our city.

Brickell World Plaza

The Building

Meanwhile, Miami’s urban core, dissected with buildings that are framed with ample setbacks, plazas, forecourts, and stoops offer prominent  locations with open spaces (I like to think of them as “stages”) for art. In the interior of the buildings, the lobbies can be cavernous yet stark (prime space for exhibiting art). The thousands of folks that frequent the buildings every day find little stimulation in the bleakness of their atmospheres.  That can change with art.

The City

Miami, with its eclectic array of people, sits astride two hemispheres. A nexus point for business and trade, it is hemmed in by natural boundaries on three sides and has little place to sprawl but up. This vertical growth has resulted in an impressive skyline that reflects the fervor of its people, yet the city is commonly viewed as a cultural backwater. Its emerging art scene is mainly confined to private galleries, sporadic art walks, and fleeting art festivals. Its artists feel excluded by the renown art fairs and often emigrate to more art friendly cities. The palm lined streets of its most prominent urban neighborhood, Brickell,  are largely devoid of their work. Why?

Local artists need patrons

Posterity would never have known Leonardo Da Vinci, were it not for his patron, Lorenzo de Medici. Bernini might have been lost to us, were it not for the patronage of Cardinal Borghese. Consequently, Florence and Rome would not have been as lustrous without them. Patronage is at the heart of art. Art is at the heart of the City. Without patronage, art cannot come to light. Art is a pillar of the great city. It is the most poignant expression of its humanity–a part of its soul. Like architecture, it is a snap shot of the times and vision for the future. It is an indelible hallmark of the City’s character–its identity.

Local artist Mario Almaguer’s work

Communal Art Patronage

The culture of art patronage has to evolve through a broad and meaningful interaction between the business and art community. PACT is giving Brickell building owners access to a large network of local artists interested in installing their art on Brickell properties within public view. Artists loan these selected works to patron-buildings for $1.00 a year so that the they can be installed for public enjoyment. This creative partnership will transform the Brickell area and the way the City perceives local art. Acting in consort, the artists and building owners can show that a community can be a patron of the arts. PACT seeks to enable this new culture of patronage, beginning with Brickell.

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2 responses to “Art Pact in Brickell

  1. i thinks that this art work is like a atabrsct type painting, the techniques that the painter used was, the collisions of the colors, the colors that he/she put was in a way i think is very good, because the colors are attacking each other. the elements and principals that the painter used are, line,shape,form,unity,space. i think these are the ones because the painter showed all these things and as well making it obvious. i think this was a great piece because the colors makes me feel good in a way, its really good to look at. Some thing to improve on is to lessen the green because it looks like that the green is dominant, but i would rather like it if all the colors are even.

  2. By Trish, February 3, 2012 at 10:20 amHey Yelhsa! It’s gonna be at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theatre in North Miami Beach. Click on the link above or visit for more info on time and tickets. Thanks hun

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