My name is Bo Droga and I am an Australian visual artist living and working in Miami for the last three years; prior to moving to Miami, I was living in Paris, France for 9 years. I recently won the Miami Visual Arts Award - the Ellies Prize - with a public art project entitled "Miami Dominos". The Award was granted by Oolite Art & the Miami Foundation at the Bass Museum on October 24 2018. I received an Award grant to help create Miami Dominoes but unfortunately it is not enough to cover the $60,000 required to make the artwork.
"Miami Dominos" has since evolved from a project to a fully blown public artwork that I am donating to the city of Miami.
My artwork ‘Miami Dominoes’ is a site specific installation that is enhancing the concrete infrastructure of the underline metro rail near the University of Miami Metro Rail station. For thousands of students, Coral Gables locals and visitors, the rail station is a critical gateway to access the university, their homes and the local business services. Whilst being practical, the heavy concrete structure underneath the railway tracks is also a real eye sore. My artwork ‘Miami Dominos' has transformed the concrete pylons into a visually fun, playful and thought provoking installation that celebrates creativity through the method of “trompe l’oeil”. The concrete pylons have turn into a set of Dominos game pieces, the thematic behind ‘‘Miami Dominos’ transcending all ages, cultural and socio economic backgrounds. It has created an element of pride for the local neighborhood and is being enjoyed by the greater Miami community and visitors.
This is what Daiana Rocha (Emmy Award winning journalist ) had to say about my public art work: “Miami Domino will soon turn into an iconic symbol of Miami. The kind of art that will be used as a landmark to reference our city all around the world. Just as Iconic as the art deco buildings in South Beach or the Wynwood walls. It represents Miami in so many implicit ways that is impossible to go inadvertent.”
Risks and challenges
What does it take to create Miami's largest public artwork? A huge dose of passion, patience and persistence!
I have spent over 2 years and 500 hours rallying support from businesses, local authorities, universities, non-profit organizations, government bodies. Not to mention looking for funding to bring this project to life: applying for private and corporate funding, sponsorship, grants and awards, making hundreds of cold calls, networking, asking friends for favors.
"Never give up, great things take time" they say...
Two years later and with the help of nine art loving volunteers, I am half way through the completion of “Miami Dominoes”, Miami’s largest and most recent visually exciting public artwork. We have already spent over 900 hours painting and turning a concrete jungle - formerly referred to as “a concrete Stonehenge” - into a set of Domino game pieces, a thematic that transcends all ages, cultural and socio economic backgrounds.
“Miami Dominoes has touched the soul of Miami” WLRN's Sundial: Luis Hernandez
We are half way through the art project... and unfortunately, we have run out of money. Actually, that happened a while ago so I have been funding the material costs out of my own pocket. The full project budget requirement is $60,000. Half the funds came from personal contributions and sponsorships; we are now looking for $30,000 to finish the project.
Funds are primarily needed to pay the helpers and the support team so we can paint the last remaining 26 pylons and complete the 2nd and final section of the Miami Dominos, on the South side of University of Miami Metrorail. Unfortunately these individuals can no longer contribute any more free time without some form of financial support. I need to pay them for their hard work and guarantee their presence on the site. I also need to pay for additional material and art related costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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