Thursday, December 08, 2005


photograph by moris moreno courtesy Aponwao Design Inc.
FLORIDA/VENETO
"ART" # 4. Am I seeing double was my first thought when I opened the NY Times the other day? As I live "right around the corner" from the real La Rotonda by Palladio near Vicenza, my second thought was, what is it doing in the center of Biscayne Bay! This Fabulous Floating Villa was a five days only, inflatable installation, during Art Basel Miami Beach week. Designed by Luis Pons the Miami-based, Venezuelan-born architect in response to the current real estate boom in Miami where architectural fantasy has given way to non-style architecture. "The culture of Miami , the architecture, the people tends to be superficial. I've made my objects inflatable and plastic in order to reflect this idea of non-substance," Pons says. May I suggest to Architetto Pons that he follows in the "footsteps" of Simon Starling, the 2005 winner of the prestigious British Arts Turner Prize, whose work Shedboatshed: He dismantled a wooden shack, transformed it into a boat, sailed it down the Rhine and rebuilt it into a shack in Basel! That, Pons should transport to Italy The Fabulous Floating Villa and re-inflate it next September in the basin of San Marco during the Venice Architectural Biennale and hopefully win the Leone d'Oro for best model in the classical style of architecture after Palladio!!!
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