Perez Art Museum: Miami’s new icon

  • Perez Art Museum Miami Director Thom Collins peers through an Ai Weiwei piece called Moon Chest at the soon to be opened museum in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Perez Art Museum Miami at Bicentennial Park on Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Knight Plaza where the outdoor seating doubles as planters at the Perez Art Museum Miami, Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Small seats set in the window frames of some of the "focus" galleries offer stunning views from the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A piece in the Ai Weiwei exhibit at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A staffer walks through a gallery at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A piece in the Ai Weiwei exhibit of Stacks upon stacks of Chinese bicycles at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Final touches are still being applied to the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A train pulls through the Peoplemover stop at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The final touches are being applied to the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Seagulls fly off the bay past a Jedd Vovatt sculpture outside the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Visitors will be able to enjoy this view in a rustic Adirondack chair from the backyard of the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Visitors will be able to enjoy this view in a rustic Adirondack chair from the backyard of the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Final touches are still being applied to backyard of the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Final touches are still being applied to park at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Final touches are still being applied to vertical gardens of the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Final touches are still being applied to park at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The final touches are being applied to the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • "Those in Peril on the Sea" (2011) by Hew Locke hangs near the entrance of the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A broad set of stairs leading from the first floor to the second floor of the Perez Art Museum Miami serve multiple purposes, sometimes a lecture hall and at other times a movie theater and of course stairs too. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • "Those in Peril on the Sea" (2011) by Hew Locke hangs near the entrance of the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov.r 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Emplyees train for the opening of Verde, a 104-seat restaurant and bar in the Perez Art Museum Miami at Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Visitors will be able to use iPads to get information about the photographs hanging in the permanent collection at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park . PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A sculpture by Monika Sosnowska hangs in room with 24 foot ceilings at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A mens room at the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Final touches are still being applied to vertical gardens of the Perez Art Museum Miami in Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. PATRICK FARRELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Perez Art Museum on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • At left, Mariano Gonzalez landscapes the grounds outside the new Perez Art Museum on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Perez Art Museum on Saturday, Nov.30, 2013. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Perez Art Museum on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF