Whimsical balconies at Miami's Arsht Center.
Miami’s all about surf, sun, models and South Beach. So where does Madama Butterly and Mozart fit in?
The latter two are right at home at the new Adrienne Arsht Center, a stunning collection of concert halls in Miami, that taken as whole comprise one of the largest in the country.
I got a behind the scenes tour recently and soaked up the architectural details that make a project like this so exciting. Free tours are presented twice a week, every Monday and Saturday at noon.
The $472 million center was designed by Cesar Pelli, the man behind the Petronas twin tours in Malayasia, and other global monuments. I loved the art incorporated into the building from whimsical iron work on the balconies showing off Florida themes, to an elaborate glass mosaic by a late Cuban artist.
The complex includes the tower from a Sears building, constructed just as Deco was making its mark in South Florida.
So by all means, don’t forget your sun tan lotion on your next trip to Miami, but you might want to sneak in some culture too.
Photos: Robin Hill
The late Cuban artist Cundo Bermudez with his glass mosaic at the Arsht Center.