The approval of the preliminary plans are yet another milestone in our journey to make this community project a success!
Miami Beach, FL (Vocus) June 2, 2010
Miami Beach's City Manager Jorge M. Gonzalez has approved Altos Del Mar Sculpture Park's (ADMSP) preliminary plans submitted on January 15th, 2010 by ADMSP. The preliminary plans included full-color renderings and highly detailed drawings of the site plan by Les Beilinson from Beilinson Gomez Architects.
ADMSP's Chairman Peter Saile said: "The approval of the preliminary plans are yet another milestone in our journey to make this community project a success!"
Miami Beach’s City Manager, Jorge M. Gonzalez, approved the preliminary plans on May 13, 2010 after review with all of the pertinent city staff. These plans now reflect the city's input such as the sleek logo sculpture on Collins and a modern curved pergola.
Within the plans, the city manager got a very early peek of what the park lay-out will look like. Beautiful, high detail, full color renderings were included illustrating the Butterfly Vivarium, the Entrance Pavilion, the Tree Allées, the Lawn and the Pergola among others. The city’s observations also mentioned providing more room for the Tree Allées to grow and a re-oriented Pavilion and parking lot to better accommodate pedestrians. Gonzalez has been the city manager since August 2000 and has now etched his name in history by approving the plans.
ADMSP is now allowed to move on to the next phase of the project! The next step will be submittal to the Historic Preservation Board. In this submittal, ADMSP must include full landscape design plans that will be created by Orlando Comas A.S.L.A., Landscape Architect.
Comas, a brilliant and highly creative visionary, will design the landscape plans that will go the Historic Preservation Board pro bono. Currently he is one of South Florida’s best kept secrets in creating lush, tropical oasis in private residences, resorts, and parks. He has graciously joined the ADMSP team to prepare these plans that have a 60-day deadline from the time the Preliminary Plans were approved or July 12, 2010.
Comas is a natural creating these enchanting and soothing outdoor areas and who will put into effect ArquitectonicaGEO's Margarita Blanco's first idea which evolved into the current preliminary plans that Miami Beach is a barrier island formed by an accumulation of sediment on limestone shoals and that the property is ocean front property within the urban context of the North Beach community.
ADMSP is naturally divided into natural rooms: the Dunefield, the Maritime Garden, the Tree Allées and the Lawn. The sculpture rooms have different colored meandering paths where the sculptures are exhibited which the user can navigate. At the center is the lawn where the community programs will take place. At the entrance the park will feature ADMSP’s logo as a “jungle gym”. A living, touchable, playful sculpture for all that will be commissioned by ADMSP.
Comas will now choose the trees for the Tree Allées, the maritime planting palette for the Maritime Garden, the grass for the Lawn, the dunes and their coastal plantings for the Dunefield. In addition he will choose the recycled materials that will become the pathways using recyclable sustainable landscaping materials creating a variety of display areas for the sculptures. These surfaces protect high traffic areas from foot traffic, and reduce irrigation demands. The plans will also include the design of state of the art public amenities.
The Preliminary Plans are the new vision of the ADMSP team and the city. Many talented and well-established professionals, entrepreneurs, community leaders and activists have joined together in the hopes to bring ADMSP to fruition in the very near future. In their common objective, a positive and prosperous synergy has been very fortunate to occur and the park’s design and structure has been in very caring hands.
The plans are actually the closest visual to the actual lay out of the space anyone has seen thus far. For anyone who has driven by 75th through 77th Streets on Collins Avenue, will clearly see what a make over ADMSP will be to the area by looking at the preliminary plans.
"ADMSP would like to thank Jorge M. Gonzalez, the City of Miami Beach's staff and elected officials, Les Beilinson, and everyone else involved (you know who you are!) in the collective effort to achieve this approval" said Marlene Saile, President and CEO of ADMSP.
ADMSP will build the first sculpture park of its kind in the world, as it will feature:
- FREE changing exhibitions of sculpture from established artists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
- FREE community art classes, fitness and entertainment.
- FREE social services to the under-served community and financial support to other local charities that provide social services.
- 365 days per year in the North Beach section of Miami Beach.
ADMSP will transform North Beach into a community, cultural, tourism and travel destination elevating the quality of life and economy for all.
Since its inception in 2004, ADMSP has been creating the environmental conditions that will lead to better social and economic circumstances in North Beach with its mission to build a place that although at first glance is a landscaped gallery space, upon further inspection it reveals itself as an important community installation with cultural, social and economic implications that extend well beyond the sculptures and the traditional museum audiences- for EVERYONE!
The ADMSP project is the perfect opportunity to observe the transformation of an impoverished and crime-ridden community, by changing the social landscape of North Beach in Miami Beach, into a thriving community rich with community and social programs.
While ADMSP waited for the city’s decision, it embarked on its second social media campaign aimed at creating awareness about ADMSP and its mission. ADMSP’s newest campaign set to begin on June 1st, 2010 will concentrate on filtering and fine-tuning all the applications and tools available through all the social media platforms to deliver a clear, concise message about its mission.
ADMSP is set to open on November 15, 2011.
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