Public art adds value to real estate projects and gives artists opportunities to attract new audiences. Terra’s Grove at Grand Bay in Coconut Grove has a stellar selection of contemporary artworks chosen to enliven the buildings’ public spaces and to embellish the architectural design of the two towers.
Terra has brought together a top-notch team including architect Bjarke Ingels, landscape architect Raymond Jungles, and art consultant Lisa Austin to create a luxurious space for residents to enjoy natural and artistic beauty. The two towers feature important contemporary artworks throughout, including sculptures by Pedro Reyes and Alice Aycock, a site-specific neon installation by Cerith Wyn Evans, a glass and mirrored wall sculpture by Olafur Eliasson, and drawings by Tara Donovan. The collection, valued at more than $1.2 million, enriches the daily lives of residents and visitors to Grove at Grand Bay while also supporting artists and reflecting Miami’s deep commitment to art.
Terra also commissioned works by artists Jim Drain and Pae White. Drain’s vibrant 19.5 x 45.5 foot painted mural features his signature bold color palette and whimsical graphics for the South Tower’s two-story Sunken Garden. White’s tromp-l’oeil cotton and polyester tapestry, from her Metafoil series, seems like a giant piece of folded metal until a close-up inspection reveals it to be two-dimensional. The larger-than-life 8 x 18-foot piece offers a new perspective on the centuries old practice of loom weaving. The textile hangs in the main entry at the South Tower.
Alice Aycock’s sculpture Super Twister II combines the architectural and the natural, by evoking cyclones and tornadoes, crafted by twisting and twirling forms in painted brass aluminum plates, much like the design of Grove at Grand Bay. Beginning as a series of diagrams of these natural phenomena, Aycock inputs her designs digitally to randomize and complicate their order. She then analyzes what intersections are physically possible before welding the plates into their frenzied form.
Your Forever Young Sunrise by Olafur Eliasson is composed of 31 crystal glass spheres in an infinity loop formation. Through a hand- silvering process, each sphere is coated with a mirroring finish that distorts the reflection of the space and the viewer. The spheres transition between transparent and painted black as they progress to the center of the sculpture, leaving only a tiny mirrored aperture in the middle and creating an optical illusion.
Conceptual Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans has contributed neon text wall sculptures for both the North and South Towers. The original, oversized text wraps around the buildings walls so viewers need to physically move their bodies around the space to read the entire poem. In the North Tower, Evans’ piece reads, “Would I like to share something sweet? Sure why not? Some standard and not so standard conversation. A moment of distraction then quite suddenly the entire world is reflected in your eyes... clearly.”
The collection also includes work by Geo McFetridge, exterior sculptures by Nathan Mabry and Korean artist Gimhongsok, benches by Jeppe Hein, and a video work by Miami artist Antonia Wright.
ABOUT GROVE AT GRAND BAY
Terra’s newly completed Grove at Grand Bay condominium, a pair of 20-story twisting
glass towers located at 2675 and 2669 South Bayshore Drive in Miami’s historic Coconut Grove neighborhood, marks Danish architect Bjarke Ingels’ first condominium design in the U.S. The 98-unit sold-out development, which was also the first new residential development completed in Coconut Grove in more than 10 years, has helped lead the neighborhood’s rejuvenation – an area long known for its bohemian attitude and laid- back waterfront lifestyle. With open, spacious floor plans that average 4,000 square feet in size, Grove at Grand Bay’s custom-designed residences resemble vertical homes in the sky, boasting 12-foot-high ceilings and 12-foot-deep balconies with views stretching to Key Biscayne, downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Amenities on property include five pools, a five-star spa and fitness center, a full-time concierge and butler service, a private restaurant for residents and their guests, and a pet spa. The project’s lushly landscaped campus, created by Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles, echoes the natural aura of Coconut Grove and promotes sustainability, with Grove at Grand Bay poised to become the first all-residential development to achieve LEED Gold status in South Florida. Learn more at www.groveatgrandbay.com.
Terra is an integrated development firm in South Florida focused on creating sustainable, design-oriented communities that enhance neighborhoods and bring people together. Led by Pedro and David Martin, Terra was founded in 2001 and is involved in all facets of residential l and commercial development including realty, mortgage, marketing, and construction. The firm’s portfolio includes luxury high-rises, single-family homes, townhouses, retail shopping centers, office space and multifamily apartments in both urban and suburban areas across South Florida. Terra has collaborated with some of the best architects and designers in the world including Bjarke Ingels, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, Rene Gonzalez, Chad Oppenheim and Roney Mateu. Terra’s current developments are valued at $4 billion, with more than 10 million square feet of residential and commercial development built to date. Learn more at www.terragroup.com.
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