This weekend Miami Marine Stadium Mural Project has a painting session with Crash, The London Police, Ron English, Tristan Eaton and Logan Hicks.
The goal of the Miami Marine Stadium Mural Project project is to raise funds for the restoration of the Miami Marine Stadium, creating a park-like space for visitors and locals to enjoy, without the agenda of a corporate sponsor.
Located on the Virginia Key in Miami, Florida, it was the first stadium built specifically for powerboat racing in the United States. The 6,566 seat stadium was built in 1963 with passive design principles, using strategic shade that cooled 100% of the seats naturally by shade, on land donated by the Matheson family. It was designed by Hilario Candela, then a 28-year-old recent immigrant from Cuba.
In 1992 Hurricane Andrew struck the Miami-Dade County area. Engineers for the City condemned the structure. Since that time the Stadium has been allowed to sit with no attempt at maintenance. Graffiti artists have been drawn to the stadium and its architecture. Architect Candela has embraced the fact that artists have found a new use for the stadium he designed and has welcomed the art that covered it's walls.
On February 20, 2008, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium was formed, a group supporting the restoration of the stadium. Since then, much progress has been made, including the designation of the stadium and basin as a historic place by Miami’s Historic Preservation and Environmental Board in 2008. It has also been recognized as an architectural masterpiece by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and World Monuments Fund.
Estimated cost to renovate the stadium is $30 million dollars.
One of the many approaches for raising funds is to include artists who have used this stadium as their canvas over the years. While the city forgot about the stadium, artists continued to embrace it, illegally painting while the city left it to decay. Artists who occupied this stadium are an integral part to the history of the stadium, so before the restoration process begins they will open their doors to selected artists to paint. Artists have been chosen on a local, national and international basis.