To celebrate Miami Art Week 2020, Faena Art will present a monumental site-specific installation Dreaming with Lions by Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea on Miami Beach to Sunday, December 6. The new commission is in line with Faena Miami’s eight-year commitment to presenting exceptional and thought-provoking art installations and experiences.
Dreaming with Lions is the product of a year-long reflection by Arrechea inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Erected directly on the beach in front of Faena Hotel, Dreaming with Lions is an existential work that pays homage to the sheer force of the human spirit. In the piece, Arrechea interprets and reconstructs the symbols of hope, faith, and strength of the human spirit.
The 62-foot-wide rotunda resembles an enormous, forum-style library. Arrechea also incorporated beach towels illustrated with excerpts from Hemingway’s text, like “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” and “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
The striking commission embodies the ability to withstand relentless and enormous challenges and persist, even in the face of defeat. Relying on the architectural potential of a forum-style structure to reinforce these ideological messages, the installation is a continuation of Arrechea’s investigation of public spaces and their philosophical legacy as interpretative centers of power, hierarchy, and social progress.