February 1st, 2013
Source: Press Release
WYNWOOD WAYS ARTISTIC CROSSWALK BY CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ
MIAMI Residents and visitors of Wynwood can now enjoy the neighborhood's first permanent artistic crosswalk, marked by a work that seeks to transform the intersection of NW 2nd Avenue and NW 25th Street.
The effort is part of the Miami Biennale and WADA's "Wynwood Ways", a collaboration to make the neighborhood a more pedestrian-friendly cultural destination.
The artistic crosswalk, which will be dedicated to visionary Tony Goldman, consists of a cinetic design by Maestro Carlos Cruz-Diez that changes as the pedestrian is crossing. Cruz Diez's work can be seen on the walkways of the Marlins Stadium and outside the Museum Fine Arts Houston. The abstract geometric design has been donated by renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez and is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund at The Miami Foundation.
The Miami Biennale and WADA's Wynwood Ways, made possible with the support of the Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation, the City of Miami and the Cruz-Diez Foundation, is the first step in making Wynwood a great pedestrian neighborhood.
ABOUT MIAMI BIENNALE
Miami Biennale is a non-profit organization that works to establish initiatives in the arts that stimulate funding from both public and private institutions; to create projects that develop and promote interactive platforms in the arts for both education and cultural development.
ABOUT WADA [WYNWOOD ARTS DISTRICT ASSOCIATION]
The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, eclectic bars, and astounding outdoor murals. The Wynwood Arts District is a cultural and artistic potluck and melange of Miami at its grittiest best. It is a fabulous district, thriving and ebbing, young and hip. Proof exists on the streets; mural art covered walls of the neighborhood and inside the world-class art galleries. WADA, a community development association, brings together art complexes, galleries, performing art spaces, art studios, and other creative businesses that strengthen the concept of a true art district becoming the catalyst for Miami?s international image. WADA is the sole non-profit organization that represents the interests of Wynwood stakeholders (both business-owners and property-owners) and is responsible for the well-being and improvement of the District. By committing to provide a clean, safe, and enriching environment to its occupants and visitors, the Wynwood Arts District Association actively seeks, provides, and engages in multiple projects and services to improve the livability of our community.
ABOUT THE CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ FOUNDATION
Carlos Cruz-Diez's family created the Cruz-Diez Foundation in 2005 in order to promote the artist's work and vision about art, culture and society. The Cruz-Diez Foundation, hosted since 2008 in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, develops a complete guide of events and programs of cultural and social impact around two main goals:
To give exposure to Carlos Cruz-Diez's investigations
To extend his ideas and contributions towards new generations.
ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.
ABOUT THE MIAMI FOUNDATION
The Miami Foundation provides civic leadership, bringing stakeholders together to tackle issues of concern in our community. Working together with our Fundholders and community partners, we leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any one of us could make alone. By connecting philanthropy with community needs and opportunities, we make Miami a greater place to live, work and play.
Ariana Testamarck Orellana, Vice-President.
Wynwood Arts District Association
Jose Nava-Lujambio, Executive Director.
Carlos Cruz-Diez Foundation
Jose Ramon Moreno Herrera.
The John S and James L Knight Foundation
Andrew Sherry, VP/Communications.
The Miami Foundation
Charisse Grant, Senior Vice-President for Programs.
Office Of The City Manager
Eric Duran, Office Manager for Mayor Tomas Regalado.