Concrete Paradise: The Miami Marine Stadium

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Concrete Paradise opens this Thursday, October 17th at the Coral Gables Museum. The exhibition pays homage to The Miami Marine Stadium it’s flashy past, its edgy present, and its spectacular proposed comeback as a world-class sports and performance venue.

The opening fiesta will feature film/video clips, antique hydroplanes, live Parkour performances in the courtyard, site-specific graffiti murals, music with outdoor projections by VJ Psyberpixie, and last but not least, an open bar by none other than Bacardi.

Concrete Paradise, curated by renowned author and architectural conservator, Rosa Lowinger, with help from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Friends of the Marine Stadiumwill bring the glory days of Miami’s most daringly modern structure back to life through stunning video footage, rare photos and keepsakes, original art installations, photo murals of the stadium’s infamous graffiti, and an antique hydroplane.

Concrete Paradise will also document the evolution of graffiti at the stadium walls and will feature artworks by contemporary artists who have been inspired by the building itself. Participating artist include include graffiti artists, Crome and Fish, New York sculptor and video artist, Marie Lorenz, and Alexandre Arrechea, whose large scale architectural sculptures were recently featured on the Park Avenue median. Local exhibitors include one of Tropicult’s personal favs,  Gustavo Oviedo aka 131 featured below…

Underwater Objects, 131

Miami graffiti artist, Gustavo Oviedo, will be exhibiting two sculptures made from materials he found in, around, and/or underneath the stadium (left). Oviedo is a certified diver who has spent many afternoons exploring our coastline and collecting materials for his artwork. This year, Oviedo has been showcasing his “South Florida Marine Life” videos around town. For this exhibit, he is presenting a short video, “In Front of The Marine Stadium,” which takes us on an adventure under the sea to uncover what lies beneath the stadium. Watch sneak peek below…

“Concrete Paradise” opens this Thursday, October 17th with a reception that promises exclusive tours, outdoor performances by Parkour gymnasts, ambient light installations, video projections of the stadium. “Concrete Paradise” is exhibiting at The Coral Gables Museum –  October 17, 2013 through January 5, 2014. Tickets for the opening party are $25 & are available by calling 305-603-8067 or visiting

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