Artist-designed crosswalks coming to Wynwood

By Ciara LaVelle

Finally, a development in Wynwood that's both cultural and growth-oriented: Wynwood Ways, a project of the Miami Biennale and Wynwood Arts District Association (WADA), is bringing over a dozen crosswalks designed by artists to the streets of Miami's most buzzed-about arts neighborhood.

A public art installation/crosswalk, designed by Venezuelan kinetic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, will be unveiled in a ceremony on Monday, the first of 15 planned by Wynwood Ways. Eventually the project will include better lighting, and more measures to improve Wynwood's cleanliness and safety, said Miami Biennale Vice President Ariana Testamarck Orellana.

"The neighborhood has been changing for the better," Testamarck said. "Wynwood Ways is a part of all that. The first stage is the crosswalks."

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The crosswalks are designed to correct the "auto-centric" layout of the former industrial district. As more pedestrians take to the streets, Testamarck said, the community needs to provide better and safer ways for those people to get around. "I'm in the area. It's really hard to try to get across the street in high traffic," particularly along North Miami Avenue, she explains.

The first crosswalk, however, is planned for the front of the Wynwood Walls. Cruz-Diez, whose work has also been installed at Marlins Stadium and at the Miami Beach Convention Center during Art Basel, will dedicate his kinetic design to the late developer Tony Goldman. And that's not the only goodwill the artist is bringing to the community.



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