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Art Basel Miami Beach Brings Public Art to All Corners of the City

After Art Basel Miami Beach is Over, Art Installations Remain as a Testament to the City’s Creative Soul

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“Pieces of Me” Sunreef Yachts by artist Alexander Mijares commissioned for Miami Art Week

Art is everywhere during Miami Art Week as dozens of installations, pop-ups, parties and galleries compete for attention alongside more than two dozen satellite art fairs anchored around Art Basel Miami.  During the first week of December, more than 80,000 collectors, curators, and art aficionados converge in Miami for this A-list event that also draws celebrities looking to see and be seen. Smart marketers try to capture the attention of influencers, celebrities and other high-profile personalities with VIP events and installations that capitalize on this creative energy.

“Pieces of Me” Sunreef Yachts by artist Alexander Mijares commissioned for Miami Art Week

Sunreef Yachts collaborated with Miami Based Artist Alexander Mijares to wrap the hull of the 70 Sunreef Power catamaran in an artwork titled, “Pieces of Me.” Sunreef Yachts designs and manufactures of luxury sailing and power multihulls.

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Miami-born artist Alexander Mijares

The company showcased its art yacht at the Fontainebleau Marina. Miami-born artist Alexander Mijares’ signature style is defined by culturally vibrant works from a colorful perspective. The self-taught artist finds inspiration in the dynamic energy of both Miami and his Cuban and Spanish roots.

Les Lalanne at The Raleigh Gardens Courtesy DouglasFriedman 2
Les Lalanne at The Raleigh Gardens Courtesy SHVO © Douglas Friedman

At the Raleigh Gardens staged the largest-ever public outdoor exhibition of works by the late French artist duo, Claude Lalanne and François-Xavier Lalanne. Architect Peter Marino designed the new beachfront tropical garden along with noted Miami landscape designer Raymond Jungles.

The Raleigh Gardens is part of a $200 million master plan for The Raleigh hotel and span throughout three properties: The Raleigh, South Seas and Richmond. The Garden is free and open to the public through late February with 32 statues on display in more than 25,000 square feet of garden space.

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Les Lalanne at The Raleigh Gardens Courtesy SHVO © Douglas Friedman

Real estate developer and investor Michael Shvo and his partners commissioned the works of the late Claude Lalanne (1924-2019) and François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), the artistic duo known together as Les Lalanne. The opening of the Raleigh Gardens marks the latest step in the restoration and renewal of the iconic Raleigh Hotel, along with adjacent properties, The Richmond and South Seas, located on Miami Beach’s famed Collins Avenue.

Pink Beasts Art Installation on view at Design Miami. The Pink Beasts and pink hammocks can be seen around the Miami Design District.

Throughout The Miami Design District, pink sisal sloths hang from trees as a public art installation, Pink Beasts, the creation of London-based Mexican designer Fernando Laposse. The Miami Design District commissioned Pink Beasts, an art installation that explores materials and techniques native to Mexico. Laposse collaborated with textile designer Angela Damman and local artisans in Sahcabá, Yucatán.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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