Waves of bright colors spin across the face of the YoungArts Campus on Biscayne Blvd. This new mural by Douglas Hoekzema, aka HOXXOH, was painted for the first annual YoungArts Awareness Day (September 8).
He worked with local high school graduate and YoungArts alumnus Lee Pivnik, who added silhouetted figures within Hox’s geometric fields. Across the country, cities like NYC, LA, Miami and Nashville staged events to celebrate young artists and encourage careers in the arts. Lucky for us, Miami got an epic mural as a party favor!
The piece was made with speed and skill, and it shows. The design keeps your eyes dancing through pattern and color, almost making movement visible. The whole thing seemed to go up in a couple blinks of an eye as Miami drove south into downtown. After finishing up a project in Detroit, Hox pulled this out in two weeks.
The spiraling blues that cover most of the street-face respond beautifully to the ceramic mural that defines the iconic Bacardi Building, now the national headquarters for the YoungArts Foundation. The rainbow effect of the doorway and the multi-colored mandala on the side of the building fit nicely with the crazy stained glass “jewel-box” building at the back of the YoungArts campus.
Hox used this extraordinary building as a touchstone and reference for his piece. The paint echoes the brilliant color combinations, overall surface approach, and references to spiritual art that mark the stained glass.
All-in-all, this piece at YoungArts is a new Miami must-see. Hox and Pivnik did a beautiful job of complimenting some of Miami’s most historical and monumental architectural artworks, while expanding the language of art through the spray can. Biscayne Blvd was originally developed as Miami’s “grand entrance;” this work keeps such ambitions alive as increasingly stunning art leads the way into the heart of downtown.