Just as we laud the visionary organizers of Art Basel Miami Beach for enriching the arts scene here, in the future, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department may warrant recognition for substantially increasing the flow of public art projects.
As a result of the lawsuit by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is growing pressure on the department to invest over $10 billion in infrastructure. Miami-Dade requires that “not less than one and one-half percent of the construction cost of new governmental buildings” be dedicated to acquire works of art. That’s $15 million worth of art for every billion dollars spent on new facilities and plants. In the years ahead, thanks to the Water and Sewer Department, our community should be flush with public art projects.
Terry Murphy, Miami Lakes