The Miami Design District (MDD) has gained a reputation beyond being a destination for well-heeled shoppers. For owner Craig Robins, it’s an opportunity for art at every corner. From murals and sculptures to restaurants and cafés, here are some of MDD’s most photogenic spaces.
Dollar a Gallon by Virgil Abloh
Memories of the late Louis Vuitton artistic director Virgil Abloh are sprinkled throughout the plazas, including this sculpture of a Sunoco gas pump with prices we can only dream about today. This Abloh-designed sculpture showcases “a window into the artist’s study and research of the effect of advertising on the impressionable,” per MDD.
The fashion house’s Toile de Jouy print has been splashed across dresses, so why not the sculptures and floors of the Dior Café? The first come, first served rooftop lounge features a fortress of greenery protecting tigers, bears, and giraffes.
Conscious Actions by gt2p
Part of a series of playground-inspired installations designed for the annual MDD commission, this swing set by Chilean design firm gt2p was so well received that it’s become a permanent fixture in the neighborhood.
You won’t be able to resist passing through the trio of arches that make up Jade Alley, which doubles as a canvas for Amani Lewis’ Baltimore’s Finest mural. At the end opposite the street, you’ll find a sculpture by the late Virgil Abloh.
Fly’s Eye Dome by Buckminster Fuller
This is perhaps one of the most iconic pieces associated with the Miami Design District. Robins acquired the “autonomous dwelling machine,” as the late artist called it, in 2011, making it one of the first sculptures to call the district home.
Five artists amped up this garage at Northeast Forty-First Street. And instead of working together, the goal was to have each of their facades stand out independently.
Le Corbusier by Xavier Veilhan
French artist Xavier Veilhan created this polygonal fiberglass sculpture of Swiss architect Le Corbusier using a computer and digital scanner. It lives near Fly’s Eye Dome in the Palm Court.
Netscape by Konstantin Grcic
Take a seat: This collection of 24 hanging chairs invites passersby to sit and rock their worries away. Together, the web creates a six-point star.
Colonial Day Sale by April Bey
Pray for mornings with no deliveries, because that’s when April Bey’s painting (located on the bay doors to the left of the new Ralph Lauren store) reveals itself.
Interdimensional Portal by Criola
At Jungle Plaza, this larger-than-life mural by Brazilian artist Criola showcases Black beauty and elements of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion.