By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – On May 28th, the City of Miami Beach 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.
In a press release the city explained they are ‘asking the public to reduce, reuse, recycle – and rethink the way we treat plastic, on Miami Beach. As part of a continued effort to transform public structures into iconic works of art, the city is seeking professional artists to create a temporary installation that will function as a recycling receptacle on the beach.’
City Manager Jimmy Morales explained that “by incorporating the vision of artists, we allow the public to develop a new perspective on current issues. Through this installation, we hope to engage the thousands of people who frequent our beaches in an impactful way and inspire them to do their part in caring for the environment we know and love.”
The artist will be selected based on a concept of an an ‘innovative, useable structure that speaks to the city’s unique character and promotes its resilience and plastic-free initiatives, all the while promoting Miami Beach in an engaging and visual way.’
The commissioned artist will receive $100,000 to design and implement their creative concept. Applications from professional visual artists must be submitted no later than June 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM. Participants are required to submit no less than ten images of previously completed works.
In considering materials, perspective artists should visit www.MBRisingAbove.com to read more on the city’s sustainability initiatives. Use of materials that do not adhere to sustainability initiatives and guidelines will be prohibited.
The anticipated project schedule is the; Opportunity Announced & Promoted – May 2019, Application Deadline – June 26, 2019, Selection of Finalists/Proposals – July 2019, and Design, Fabrication and Installation- July 2019 – October 2019. The city reserves the right to adjust the timing as needed.
Miami Beach continues to put effort into reducing single-use plastic, and there are already three ordinances adopted to support the city’s waste reduction and recycling goals, promote environmental health, protect wildlife, and conserve resources.
Ordinance 2017-4068 prohibits the sale and use of expanded polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam), Ordinance 2018-4205 extends the existing single-use plastic straw/stirrers ban from beaches to all city properties and Ordinance 2018-4208 will prohibit the use/distribution of single-use carry out plastic bags.
In addition, the city launched the #PlasticFreeMB campaign along with a certification program for businesses to pledge to reduce and/or remove certain types of plastics from their establishments.