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Michele Oka Doner's A Walk on the Beach

by Richard J. Goldstein


Michele Oka Doner’s A Walk on the Beach installation at the Miami International Airport welcomes all with terrazzo, bronze, and mother-of-pearl.



Michele Oka Doner brings “rolling out the welcome mat” to a new level with her installation A Walk on the Beach at the Miami International Airport. The piece stretches throughout a two and a half-mile long concourse in glittering terrazzo in which 8,000 bronze and mother-of-pearl celestial and sea-life forms are inlaid. The piece opens just in time to greet those arriving for Art Basel Miami. A video of the same title captures the installation along with audio accompaniment scored by Oliver Lyons who was inspired by William Cepeda’s composition for conch shell From the Sea to the Stars. The video, as part of Art Video Miami, will premier at 7,000-square feet on the New World Center’s outdoor projection wall in SoundScape Park and can also be caught inside five viewing pods at the Miami Beach Convention Center.


Richard J. Goldstein is BOMB’s Archive Editor and a painter and writer living in Brooklyn.


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