Is it art or junk? Bathtub found on rocks in ocean off Miami Beach

 

A mysterious tub in the middle of the water near Miami Beach was targeted as trash despite some speculation that the tub was an impromptu art installation.

ngreen@miamiherald.com

A white bathtub sits atop rocks in the middle of the ocean near Miami Beach.

Some think it’s an art installation. With Art Basel just days away, perhaps an artist was trying to get attention.

To Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials, the tub is trash.

“As far as we’re concerned, it’s considered littering and we strongly discourage people from trying to express artistic expression by putting in item anywhere in the water that could cause a hazard,” said Jorge Pino, a spokesman for the agency.

Pino said an investigator was sent out to inspect the tub on the south jetty of Government Cut near South Beach to see if it posed a navigational hazard for boaters.

It is unclear when or how the tub was placed on the jetty.

“If it ends up in the water and a vessel strikes it, it could cause severe damage to the vessel,” Pino said before it was hauled away.

The tub is not the first home accessory to make a splash on South Florida’s waterways.

Last year, a baby grand piano showed up on a tiny Biscayne Bay sandbar a few hundred yards east of Miami Shores. Within weeks, the piano gained worldwide fame and its images went viral. Pictures of the piano were featured in National Geographic.

It turned out that teenager Nicholas Harrington , his father, brother and a neighbor set the piano afire on the sandbar on New Year’s Day.

If the bathtub was a ploy by an artist, authorities are not amused.

“This is not art,” Pino said. “Any foreign object in the waterways could pose a risk .”

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