Public Artwork Unveiled At 3 MiamiCentral, Where Publix Is Working On A Store

Grand scale artwork by Robert McKnight has been unveiled at 3 MiamiCentral.

Publix appears to still be working on building a store there. On March 22, a Subordination, Nondisturbance and Attornment Agreement between the Publix, the landlord and lender was recorded. It had been signed by the parties in the summer of 2017.

The company has applied for a construction permit to build out a grocery at 3 MiamiCentral, but it still has not been approved.

According to the permit, Publix is building out 37,935 square feet of space.

MiamiCentral & Brightline Debut Commissioned Work by South Florida Artist Robert McKnight

Large-format public art connects development to surrounding neighborhoods

MIAMI, FL – (March 27, 2018) – Florida East Coast Industries, the developer behind MiamiCentral and Brightline, are proud to present grand scale art installations at 3 MiamiCentral by Robert McKnight, a celebrated South Florida-based and nationally recognized artist with an extensive portfolio of public work. The art collection–consisting of two friezes and three murals–is now visible to the public. The work is integrated into the design of 3 MiamiCentral, MiamiCentral’s newly completed mixed-use building in Historic Overtown.

MiamiCentral, the new dynamic hub for transportation, leisure and business, is a transformational, first-of-its-kind, transit-oriented development, spanning six Downtown Miami city blocks. It serves as the southern terminus for Brightline, the new inter-city, express passenger rail service that opened between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in mid-January. The system will extend to Miami in the coming months and will ultimately connect to the Orlando International Airport. MiamiCentral will also provide connectivity to all forms of transit in Miami-Dade County, including Metromover, Metrorail and Tri-Rail.

“Florida East Coast Industries and Brightline made the predevelopment commitment to the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency that their project would reflect and respect the rich culture of Overtown,” says Cornelius Shiver, executive director of the Southeast Overtown CRA. “I am proud of their decision on commissioning Robert McKnight and look forward to partnering with FECI on future collaborations.”

McKnight’s artwork pays homage to Overtown’s historic background and is a beautiful representation of the community’s past, present and future. The public art was designed to preserve and enhance the east-west pedestrian connection through the neighborhood and link Overtown Transit Village and the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theater Metrorail Station.

“The general theme is a tribute to the music of the Overtown neighborhood from the beat of the drum to the wail of the horn augmented by the Soul music derived from the local church choirs,” McKnight said. “Elements collaged into the work include jazz singers and musicians, instruments, billboards and classic show cards as well as iconic buildings, churches and items symbolic of the Jazz Era.”

McKnight’s installations can be seen on the south, west and north exteriors of 3 MiamiCentral. For the friezes, he applied a silk-screen paint to aluminum to create large-scale, high-definition images visible from afar. A pedestrian wall mural features digitally prepared kiln fired tiles that are easily viewable from vantage points near and far.

The art itself is a vibrant collage of images referring to the musical history and culture of the region including the notes from an old blues guitarist that turn into butterflies, antique African masks, a representation of Lena Horne, a famous actress, singer and activist, and other cultural references. The pedestrian wall features an undulating mix of faces, church references, and a pastor and church choir singing. The far end of the collage depicts a mother and child looking toward the poem “Hope for the Future” by Femi Folami-Browne.

McKnight, who moved to Miami with his family as a toddler in 1953, is known for various major public artworks in Miami including wood collage panels at the North County Health Center, mosaic murals at the Pinnacle Park Apartment Complex, an environmental work at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and a porcelain tile mosaic at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Throughout his career, he has worked to generate opportunities for greater professional visibility for African-American and African artists.

“We’re honored to feature Robert McKnight’s art and thrilled with the collection,” said Daniel Quintana, vice president of Florida East Coast Industries, the development company behind MiamiCentral. “Mr. McKnight is a fixture in the community and MiamiCentral is an integral partner bringing a new lifestyle destination complete with transportation services to this vibrant downtown.”

3 MiamiCentral was completed in December 2017 and is located at 161 NW 6th St. Miami, FL 33136. The mixed-use building features Class A offices and retail space, including a major grocer (to be announced).

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Congratulations.. a beautiful project with beautiful art.. something to make overtown proud.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Looks great…but please please make sure security personnel are put in place to protect integrity of the art and surrounding property from graffiti and worse

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wow

Gene
3 years ago

Good that you’re anonymous

Anonymous
3 years ago

Actually I apologize to you if that’s the way I came off.. I meant that as a kid I was pretty stupid with a can of spray paint and art like this was kind of a trophy… If you could score this it was something… I realized later that I might have done real damage to an artists work… I just didn’t want it to be repeated … It really a
Had nothing to do with the neighborhood …so maybe I could have worded it better…

Anonymous
3 years ago

You didn’t say anything about the neighborhood being bad…don’t apologize to this bullying jerk.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Bullying jerk.”

Yep, you’re a soft little p.

Anonymous
3 years ago

6’7″ 335lbs checking in….you best be scared

Anonymous
3 years ago

6’7″ 335lbs big softy.

Anonymous
3 years ago

6’9 400lbs of muscle….. hahaha typewriter tough guys

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’m 6’9, 400 lbs and big and black and just got out of prison so none of ya’ll scare m!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

What’s wrong with graffiti?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Apart from the destruction and infringement on property which isn’t yours and being entirely subjective as “art,” IDK…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Everything, idiot.

Anonymous
3 years ago

And you are the smartie pants….
hahahahahahaha

Anonymous
3 years ago

wow you can really see the cars through that metallic cladding…interesting…maybe a better design for just a north facing facade

Anonymous
3 years ago

Lipstick on a pig.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Looks a lot better than the stripes in Brickell.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Get educated.
The perforation has to be sufficient to let the air flow.
CARBON MONOXIDE KILLS PEOPLE

Anonymous
3 years ago

Pretty sure fans can achieve the same result. Otherwise Brickell City Centre would have a basement full of dead people.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I second that. Miami got . Light pollution from the garage is terrible at night. From 95 you can see straight through it. Surprised Miami 21 doesn’t have a “grill-age” section. Not saying Ft. Lauderdale is cutting edge by any means bu their planning department is very cognizant of this issue and ruthless towards developers in this regard.

Looks great during the day though!

Danny Costa
3 years ago

That art is pretty awesome

Anonymous
3 years ago

Are there any updates on Publix opening in Overtown at Miami Central?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Publix gave all the development money to Republican Gubernatorial candidates.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I guess they have to be creative when the first 5+ stories of this whole project are parking decks.

Anonymous
3 years ago

No, they don’t have to do anything. The point is they made the extra effort to add public art to the building. This is an amazing piece of monumental art, something Miami has very little of.

Oscar
3 years ago

“No, they don’t have to do anything.”

Actually, aren’t parking garages required to either be lined with inhabitable units (or facade) or art under Miami21?

Anonymous
3 years ago

True, but they didn’t have to do it at this level.

peej
3 years ago

Sure, totally disregard the ground floor Publix, Einstein Bagels, etc…

The excess parking here allows for larger commercial space within Miami Central.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hope Publix comes real soon…hope it’s real close to the people mover.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Trader Joe’s please. Nobody wants another Publix.

Anonymous
3 years ago

TJ is coming to traffic choked south beach.

Anonymous
3 years ago

what is the hold up with Publix?
have they even gotten the construction permit?

Anonymous
3 years ago

word is that the Publix deal fell through. All Aboard Florida received a higher offer, Publix has right of first refusal, but they didn’t match the offer.