The Entrance To South Beach Will Soon Have This Colorful Pedestrian Bridge Designed By A French Artist

A design for the high-profile pedestrian bridge planned to be built at the main entrance to South Beach has been chosen, according to remiamibeach.

Developers Russell Galbut and David Martin selected a colorful design by French artist Daniel Buren, and commissioners unanimously approved it at a meeting yesterday.

The city’s Design Review Board is scheduled to vote on the bridge design in September, and construction could then begin before the end of the year.

Miami Beach taxpayers are funding construction of the bridge through a bond program at a cost of $10 million.

Buren’s work is called Miami Beach Canopy. It will include colorful glass panels “to evoke a space that is literally painted with light” using sunlight “to illuminate a transparent cylinder that will take pedestrians across a rainbow of colorful shadows.” Pedestrians will have water views through the panels.

 

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Anonymous

They haven’t taken into consideration whatever mass transit option that will be coming into the beach…

Anonymous

That open end suggests they might have considered an extension to a monorail stop. Or not. But it certainly could be used as such.

Anonymous

Monorail?

Anonymous

By the time a transit option comes to the beach, it will be time to replace the bridge anyway. There will be a 10 lane highway running from South Point Park to the Convention Center before the county builds transit.

Anonymous

How do you know?

Anonymous

They don’t have to.
Baylink is not happening.

Anonymous

The mayor doesn’t want it. Go figure.

Anonymous

He wants to show everyone how “MORAL” he is.

Anonymous

It would be cool to see the colored squares animated at night, ie chasing each other via LED lights along the frames lighting the panels.

Anonymous

that would involve paying electric bill and the city is all about pocketing as much money as possible , it would be cool if they got rid of the hookers from southbeach

Anonymous

and if a person with epilepsy is driving they could have a seizure and cause a 10 car pile up accident.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

wHaT aBoUt EpiLePsY?
Jesus Christ, this is why we can’t have nice stuff.

Anonymous

Well maybe if we got the innovation district up with their LED billboards we can have the 10 car pileup on our new signature bridge instead and save this crosswalk the shame

Anonymous

That’s unless you’re a part of the pileup accident, right?

Anonymous

A lovely “instagrammable” new location on Miami Beach and a much needed Welcome sign.

Anonymous

yasss! It’s all about the shot hunnie

Anonymous

yes. can’t wait. all about ME

Anonymous

Mom!?

Anonymous

yes. cars stopping to take a selfie … can’t wait. gonna get a new hairdo for the event.

Anonymous

Nice to look at while in traffic.

Anonymous

Love how the beach has given priority to human traffic and not to automobile traffic. They’ve not given priority to parking lots and yet the area is successful and livable.
It used to be that downtown areas were built without parking priority. That’s no longer the case, especially downtown Miami. Please commissioners and local politicians, do something different and stop the madness.

Anonymous

“It used to be that downtown areas were built without parking priority”

That’s because a lot of downtowns had streetcars running throughout them.

Geez I hope you’re not teaching your kids.

Anonymous

I disagree. The pedestrian bridge is a way to show that the distinctly give priority to automobiles. They are not having multiple uses for streets, they want to separate people from cars, thus allowing the cars to traveling faster and more dangerously for pedestrians once they come out of their hamster-like tubes.

Anonymous

You’re totally right. If you want to prioritize pedestrians, give them the ground level.

Pedestrian bridges also have poor adherence. Lots of people would rather risk it and run than walk up a ramp or stairs. That makes things even more dangerous because, like you said, cars will be moving faster.

Anonymous

The bridge the pedestrians would need to cross is at head level there, and it is essentially an expressway at that location. The bay walk is a trail not a crosswalk. Trails crossing expressways really should be elevated.

Anonymous

Also it is surrounded by giant parking podiums.

Anonymous

>Love how the beach has given priority to human traffic and not to automobile traffic.

Thanks, I needed a laugh today. MB officials talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. They’ve been dragging their feet past 10 years in implementing any of their pedestrian and bicycle plans.

Anonymous

The beach has always been pedestrian friendly. You’re comparing apples to oranges.

Anonymous

and what about the banana?

Anonymous

Give me that banana
I’ll take the whole thing

Anonymous

Not true. Miami Beach gave major attention to parking structures.
For instance,
#1. The Goldman structure at 6th and Collins energized/envigorated the Collins shopping ddistrict.
#2. The multiple structures to the north and south of Lincoln Rd. energized/envigorated that shopping district.
#3. The west side if Lincoln would be nothing if not for the structured parking at the movie theater and 1111 Lincoln.
#4. Sunset Harhour structured parking energized/envigorated their entertainment district.

Thanks for the parking. Its great for business!

Shawn Kouri

Heck yes!! An iconic pedestrian bridge going over the MacArthur Causeway going into South Beach? Yes!! It would be super cool to have one. It would make coming into Miami Beach so inviting and so appealing. People would go up on this bridge to take pictures. I would say, get this thing approved and start construction on it and have it done by 2020.

Anonymous

>People would go up on this bridge to take pictures.

Sigh.

Anonymous

right? how sad the people in Miami have become. selfies to post that other people don’t care about.

Anonymous

Tourists from Topeka Kansas.

Anonymous

What a ridiculous waste. Should be embarrassed of this when we’ve real urban infrastructure needs.What a dumb-assed city/county with no hope nor direction.

Anonymous

Better than the first proposal, although that bar was very low.

Anonymous

Don’t forget the mono rail.

Anonymous

nothing special…that area deserves better…

Anonymous

#troll

Anonymous

when they build it i’ll go to this bridge and play my guitar to get some tips and with the change i’ll buy and drink beer with my homeless friends and hang out at the bridge

TCB

Stupid project. Waste of money! Why not a simple and inexpensive bridge?

Anonymous

In Miami-Dade, developers require politicians to provide grossly over-funded private projects, otherwise the politicians lose their office. All you have to do is watch and this is pretty obvious where our tax dollars go, meaningless projects that enrich a few developers and related connected people.

Anonymous

In Miami-Dade, developers require politicians to provide them with a contnuous flow of grossly over-funded private projects, otherwise the politicians lose their office. All you have to do is watch and it’s obvious where our tax dollars go, meaningless projects that enrich a few developers and related connected people.

Anonymous

The other design was nicer, this will look outdated once those panels get sun bleached..

JContreras

Nice! Like it.

Anonymous

Looks like its from the 1960s-1970s

Anonymous

Reminds me of the 1950’s sci-fi movies.

Anonymous

Design studio 1 project.

Sgt. Sapingo

It looks like one of those Chinese finger traps

Anonymous

Uhmm don’t see it as a new idea…I’ve seen this some place, maybe MIA…

Anonymous

Ah, yes, the heat tunnel from the “Transpiration” center people mover. Since the county hates transit they don’t provide any ventilation or AC.

MIA metro

Nail on the head! I now take a Lyft only because I cant stand sweating in that “Transpiration” tunnel at MIA. (I thought I was the only one.)

Anonymous

damn, that’s hideous

Anonymous

What we couldn’t find a local artist we had to go to France Ooh la la please !

Anonymous

Gorgeous installation. Pure art and functional ability at the same time 🙂

Anonymous

Yay!! We’re paying a contractor $10 million dollars for a walk-bridge that functions like a $100,000 walk-bridge.

Anonymous

What a spectacular waste of money.

Anonymous

That thing is going to be a full blown oven for at least half the year if not longer.

Interested

Hope they realize that thing will be an oven in the summer.

marc

Don’t think all the squares have glass thus letting ventilation through.

Dokter

Looks like ~22 are slatted rather than glazed.

Anonymous

They think we have the same weather as St. Tropez
Most Europeans do because they only come here in the winter.
If they only knew what happens between May and November, this would never pass…

Anonymous

Give it a climate ribbon!!

Anonymous

Absurd bridge

Anonymous

South Beach winning!

Anonymous

yeah man.. what a comeup!

Got to be sh*tten me….

Anonymous

what’s the design? a tunnel with squares? how original.

Anonymous

I’m going to have my wedding on that bridge! Yassss.

Anonymous

another bag of skittles project, why does everything miami beach have to be a rainbow?
something more modern, would have been appropiate or even artdeco inspired but colored glass panels which will be dirty with the smog and dirt kicked up by the cars below. makes no sense. even a pink bridge would have been cool but this is just str8 out of pre-school architecture class. its a cylinder with different panels of colored glass. how many millons are they charging for this?

Anonymous

Why does everything Miami Beach have to be a rainbow? Don’t you know? My lips are sealed.

Anonymous

Hmmmm… could it have something to do with Mrs Doubfire?

Michael Campos

It’s gorgeous––glad Miami Beach got it right!!

Shawn Kouri

What about Baylink?

Anonymous

Close your eyes and imagine it… other than that, your guess is as good as anyone else’s.

Anonymous

My guess is it will be up and running by 2044.

Anonymous

You’re definitely wishful and delusional.
Bay link won’t happen within our lifetime.