By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Last February the City of Miami Beach invited professional visual artists to submit proposals for transforming the North Beach Water Tanks at 74 Street and Dickens Avenue into a piece of art, and now the project is set to be completed in August 2019.
The artist collaborative Nice’n Easy was selected after the proposals were reviewed and evaluated. Formed by artists Allison Matherly and Jeffrey Noble, Nice’n Easy is recognized throughout South Florida for their visually cohesive subtropical vernacular – referencing beach scenes, palm trees, tropical foliage and lounge chairs often rendered in soft neon hues.
For the North Beach Water Tanks, Nice’n Easy was inspired by the pool culture of Miami Beach and will create a larger-than-life swimming pool that will wrap the entire circumference of the water tank.
The artists will accent the top of the water tank with lounge chairs and pool furniture, creating a unique view of the artwork for surrounding residential apartment buildings and airline passengers.
“Nice’n Easy will create the engagement we aim for in our public art – a platform for intimate exchange,” shared City Manager Jimmy L. Morales. “This work marks one of the city’s first temporary public art initiatives, and we are looking forward to future activations of our public spaces by both locally-based and international artists.”
Nice’n Easy has received commissions from the Broward County Public Art and Design Program, the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, The Bass Projects, Bass Museum and the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, among others.
On May 28th, the City of Miami Beach also announced a call for professional artist to submit proposals to create an innovative, useable recycling bin structure that promotes the city’s resilience and plastic-free initiatives. The deadline is for submissions is June 26th, and the work will be funded with $100,000.