At 158 feet long and composed of a patchwork of translucent, colored glass panels, the Miami Beach Canopy Bridge, aptly named Walking Along, Under, and On the Colors, adds a much-needed landmark entrance to the southern end of the Miami Beach island. Designed by French conceptual artist, Daniel Buren, it is also a long-awaited pedestrian walkway that provides enhanced accessibility along the Miami Beach bayfront and Miami Beach marina, stretching all the way to South Pointe Park, lighthouse, and pier.
Throughout a career that spans more than 50 years, Buren’s works have been powerful expressions that highlight the relationships between art and its surroundings. As such, all of Buren’s works are created in situ, incorporating elements of light, color, and even form from the spaces in which they are presented. Walking Along, Under, and On the Colors follows this approach by capturing the sunlight as it moves across the sky, creating a kaleidoscopic effect along the colored glass panels that changes throughout the day and evening. This, in turn, speaks to the multifaceted spirit and culture of Miami Beach, ranging from its art deco history and quiet beachfront beginnings to its cosmopolitan nightlife and culture, and beyond.
Buren is responsible for some of the most famous and recognizable public art installations around the world, including the 260 black and white pillars at the Palais Royal in Paris and the sails of colored glass at Fondation Louis Vuitton. Buren’s works can be found in the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.