‘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
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

HA!

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days 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
28 days ago

babygirl.. sense the sarcasm

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

Playful toy? Will they install dildos?

Anonymous
28 days ago

Dildos and probably foot “balls.”

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

It’s a filler. Plenty more buildings coming

Anonymous
28 days ago

They look like preschool erasers!

Anonymous
28 days ago

Maybe the designer is still in pre-school

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

It’s required by code

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days ago

Was this the reflection off the arena sign?

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Jack
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days 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
28 days ago

Biggest waste of funds

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

Definitely unique.

Anonymous
28 days ago

You mean “iconic”

Anonymous
28 days ago

Pathetic

Anonymous
28 days ago

Yes, your comment is.

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days ago

I’m pro-whimsy. I like ‘em.

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

cute and funny ! idk how its worth 260k tho

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days ago

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

– Jorge Perez

Mana Moishe
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

Mike Brady
27 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

At least it’s nicer than the one in Brickell

Anonymous
28 days ago

And that’s really not saying much….

Anonymous
28 days 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
28 days ago

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

Anonymous
28 days ago

Pitiful… Frriendswithyou is so lame!

Anonymous
28 days 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.

Anonymous
28 days ago

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

La Condesa de San Ignacio
28 days ago

Is it a dildo?

Anonymous
28 days ago

A dildo and maybe a base “ball.”