“LaserFusion from Ultra Violet”
Ultra Violet was the famous Warhol “Superstar,” while the Tower of Light was the once spectacular structure in Bayfront Park from Isamu Noguchi, until it was shamelessly neglected and went dark. To help bring it and the park (which he designed) back to life, Ultra Violet will project a massive, single-beam laser from the park to Miami Beach, creating a light bridge visible from a long distance. It will be part of the inaugural UR1 Music & Art Festival, also in the park. Yes to light and life downtown. From Dec. 5- 9 at Bayfront Park, Miami; www.ur1festival.com.
“The Lost Beatles and the Lost Rolling Stones Photographs”
Photography, and in particular historical photography, seems to be stealing the shows. This one, at the Betsy Hotel, is what it says it is – previously unseen photos of the two great band of the 1960s, both black-and-white and in color, about 200 in all, from the years 1964-1966. They come from the archive of the U.S. tour manager of both groups, Bob Bonis. Opens on Dec. 3 at the Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; www.thebetsyhotel.com.
“Bus Shelter Project”
As part of a continuing public art series, Locust Projects will unveil its latest in the art of bus benches, this time from New York painter Nicole Eisenman. Her bench interventions are called “Intensions,” a black-and-white portrait resembling a Calder wire drawing, surrounded by colorful figures collaged out of pop-culture imagery. On city bus benches throughout December; www.locustproject.org.
“Gator in the Bay”
There are gators all around, but usually not ones inspired by the artist Christo, over 200-feet long, man-made with a metal head and tiles with photos of the Everglades composing the body. Usually not ones coming over from the West Coast of Florida, the creation of an artist and historian, to raise awareness about our fragile eco-system while it floats around Biscayne Bay during Art Basel. What’s the Christo connection? Back when he wrapped our islands in pink fabric in 1983, it brought attention to the bay – but there were concerns about its effect on the environment. This gator is an antidote – not only are all the materials used to build it eco-friendly, but it is meant to make us think of our interventions. Hard not to, when this awesome creature is swimming around our bay, a completely fabricated creation and alien inhabitant. From Dec. 6-9; www.gatorinthebay.blogspot.com.
For two months, weird animals will crawl all over the Freedom Tower downtown. The 300 or so species, ranging from gators to frogs to turtles, won’t actually move, as they are made from resin, recycled plastic and aluminum. They are participants in an environmental awareness campaign, presented by Galleria Ca d’Oro (they brought us some giant pink snails) and Miami-Dade College, with support from a bunch of European consulates. The artists are European as well, and did intense research into local animal life. Environmental programs will accompany the temporary resin residents. Through Jan. 26, the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.for-everglades.com.