Another Art Basel-related event has pulled the plug. Ultra Violet, the artist born as Isabelle Collin Dufresne who collaborated with both Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, has announced she will postpone the the lighting of downtown’s Noguchi Tower, a long-dormant laser-enabled sculpture surrounded by a non-functioning fountain in Bayfront Park, a decades-old park re-imagined by famed designer Isamu Noguchi in the early 1980s.
Ultra Violet had planned to light the tower to create a light bridge from downtown to Miami Beach in conjunction with UR1, an art exhibition and music fest planned for downtown Dec. 8-9, during Art Basel Miami Beach. Plans for UR1 were cancelled earlier this week due to slow ticket sales.
“I had great hopes that relighting Noguchi’s Tower of Light would bring the desperately needed attention to his unknown 32 acre sculpture at Bayfront Park sitting in severe disrepair and neglect,’’ said the artist via a press statement. “Hopefully the community leaders and artists in Miami will begin a dialogue to preserve this incredibly important and historically significant national landmark.’’