Nearly 20 years before the first Art Basel Miami Beach, Bulgarian artist Christo brought big artistic spectacle to South Florida.
Christo dressed the shorelines of 11 islands in Biscayne Bay in pink fabric skirts, an environmental project so vast it took two weeks, $3 million and a cavalcade of helicopters and speedboats.Footage of the 1983 artwork is one marvel among many in the ever-expanding audio-video archives of artists Kevin Arrow and Barron Sherer.
The duo, harvesters of Old Florida images and arcane 16 mm films, store their jackpot of rare media and music at Obsolete Media Miami, a narrow, second-story warehouse in Miami’s Design District. The view from inside Obsolete Media Miami, Kevin Arrow and Barron Sherer’s gallery of old 16mm films, 35mm slides and rare media. From their colllection, Arrow and Sherer assembled “Miami’s Art on Historic Film and Video,” footage of Miami’s emergence as a draw for celebrities, artists and massive art projects between the 1960s and 1980s. That 75-minute film will screen Sept. 11-13 at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, part of this weekend’s returning Downtown Art Days. (Phillip Valys/SouthFlorida.com)