‘Playful’ Fiberglass Toy Sculptures Now Being Installed At Miami Worldcenter’s New CitizenM Hotel (Photos)

The new CitizenM hotel under construction at Miami Worldcenter is getting a permanent public art installation titled “Playful Toy” put in place this week.

City planners required the exterior public artwork as a condition of the hotel’s approval.

The artwork is made up of “playful” fiberglass toy sculptures. Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval of FriendsWithYou are the artists, with the work said to cost $260,000.

Citizen Miami Worldcenter will include include 351 rooms in a 12 story building. Construction cost of the hotel is estimated by the company at $68 million.

Miami’s Art in Public Places Board approved the artwork at a 2019 meeting.

 

 

(photos: Ryan RC Rea)

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Anonymous
4 months ago

$260K? I can get the same “art” from Home Goods or a dollar store for $26

Anonymous
4 months ago

HA!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I didn’t know Home Goods or dollar stores sold 5-10-ft tall fiberglass sculptures. Pretty sure in order to pass building code, they also need to be built and installed to withstand hurricane force winds. But you’re an expert, of course, so $26 sounds about right.

Anonymous
4 months ago

They are 2 feet max and they look cheap, definitely something you can get a Home Goods and with some Gorilla glue and some good nails, no hurricane would take them away. $25 could be enough actually.

Anonymous
4 months ago

babygirl.. sense the sarcasm

Anonymous
4 months ago

One of them looks like Frosty the Snowman. Pretty sure I have a couple of those in my attic.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Playful toy? Will they install dildos?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Dildos and probably foot “balls.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

Horrible design and proportions not matching at all the neighborhood..

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s a filler. Plenty more buildings coming

Anonymous
4 months ago

They look like preschool erasers!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Maybe the designer is still in pre-school

Anonymous
4 months ago

I didn’t think of them like that, but you’re right!

Anonymous
4 months ago

“City planners required the exterior public artwork as a condition of the hotel’s approval”

Seriously, that’s the kind of idiotic things city planners are paid taxpayers money to do?

Anonymous
4 months ago

And it shows that the “art” was put there just to satisfy a request🙄

Anonymous
4 months ago

It’s required by code

Anonymous
4 months ago

You mean – It’s required by a “dumb code.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

Art is in the eye of the beholder, that’s why it shouldn’t be required. If a developer chooses to install art, it will be good art, not giant emojis or murals like look like something on a daycare center.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Clearly a sign that there are too many people employed as city planners. Way too far over their skiis.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I saw last night that the bottom windows were all illuminated of different colors, it was actually really nice as long as they do that to all the windows. The art is questionable but it is what it is…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Was this the reflection off the arena sign?

Anonymous
4 months ago

No, it was not. It was either an led light giving the light or the actual glass color. If you actually look at the renderings, it seems that every window will be a different color. They don’t show a good night rendering where you can see that but it was actually pretty nice.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’ll need to look more closely. I thought I saw the same thing driving by!

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is what the city demanded and approved. It doesn’t take much to satisfy those clowns.

Jack
4 months ago

Seems an odd thing to do. At that height they should be larger and I wouldn’t want that on my window.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Is one of them a poo emoji, because that pretty much summarizes this “artwork.”

Anonymous
4 months ago

I passed by it regularly, they look tacky and being only 12 stories does a disservice to the area.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I agree on the so-called art, definitely needs to be upgraded to something nicer and more original. However, the small heigh is perfect as it creates dimension. There will be plenty of tall buildings around it so this is fine as is.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yeah but all the buildings in world center other than the stand alone retail building are going to be 40 stories and up.

Azarius
4 months ago

Biggest waste of funds

Anonymous
4 months ago

Definitely unique.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You mean “iconic”

Anonymous
4 months ago

Pathetic

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes, your comment is.

Anonymous
4 months ago

This is much better than having another Romero Britto.

Friends with you is a local artist as well.

In the Brickell location they have another local artist, Jen Stark.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’m pro-whimsy. I like ‘em.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Anyone know what’s up with the CitizenM in south beach? So delayed.

Anonymous
4 months ago

City had a good idea putting art in the ordinance but the approval people were scammed or blind.

Anonymous
4 months ago

cute and funny ! idk how its worth 260k tho

Anonymous
4 months ago

Most art is sold at crazy values because you can claim any value for it and it’s the best way to launder money.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Are you talking about me and the stuff in my museum across the street?!!!

– Jorge Perez

Mana Moishe
4 months ago

Hopefully they update the art every 3-5 years because it’ll look dated after a while.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The commentary on this post is serving me everything I need this evening! HAHA 🤣

Anonymous
4 months ago

Something different and unique for people to point to and talk/compain about, doesn’t hurt. Worldcenter filling in nicely. This lowrise hotel plus the lowrise retail (jewel box) and the public plaza will create a nice break from all the 40+ story towers. Once they pave and landscape the area between the hotel and 1st ave this will be a great hangout spot with the restaurants they announced. A lot of residents in the area too with all the apartment buildings, incl Melo towers and the Brightline towers. You’ll see a lot of people walking their dogs and out for a jog in mornings and evenings in this whole area, within a year or two.

Mike Brady
4 months ago

The building itself looks anachronistic. Like Los Angeles — along Wilshire maybe — circa 1962.

Anonymous
4 months ago

At least it’s nicer than the one in Brickell

Anonymous
4 months ago

And that’s really not saying much….

Anonymous
4 months ago

I like them both. It’s a small hotel with small rooms for people on a budget (even though it’s not exactly cheap). CitizenM is a nice addition and the perfect size.

Anonymous
4 months ago

That person is not talkin about these buildings height, they’re referencing the art on them.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Pitiful… Frriendswithyou is so lame!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not a bad idea. It’s different, that’s a good thing.

La Condesa de San Ignacio
4 months ago

Is it a dildo?

Anonymous
4 months ago

A dildo and maybe a base “ball.”