When Design Miami/ kicks off its 2016 fair later this month, it will do so with a bang by introducing Flotsam & Jetsam, one of the largest 3-D printed objects in the world, designed by this year’s Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award winner, SHoP Architects.

The original design will serve as the entrance of this year’s Design Miami/ fair and afterwards be moved to Jungle Plaza as a permanent structure. Come spring/summer 2017, the space will be launched with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s new signature program. The initiative will seek to partner with some of the most lauded artists of our day to bring public sculptures to Miami. Once completed, the public sculpture initiative will be activated with a program of talks, performances and cocktail events in the plaza.

By utilizing cutting edge, sustainable practices in manufacturing to create a piece that channels a quintessentially Miami vibe, Flotsam & Jetsam seeks to marries these two qualities and celebrates the history of the city — while also highlighting its evolution.

The Visionary award ‘celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to the field of design’ with past winners including notable artists like Yves Béhar and Peter Marino. This year, SHoP, who is responsible for such structures as the Barclay’s Center and 9 DeKalb, is being honored for its bold architecture, philanthropic initiatives, sustainable development and innovative practices.

“SHoP represents exactly what the Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award is meant to recognize: innovation, inspiration and an outstanding point-of-view,” says Rodman Primack, Chief Creative Officer, Design Miami/. “For the first time, we will be installing the commission long-term in the Miami Design District and I cannot think of a better practice to conceive this installation. We are thrilled with the pavilion design and delighted to honor SHoP for the 12th edition of Design Miami.”

Check out Design Miami/ from November 30 to December 4 and don’t miss Flotsam & Jetsam at the entrance.

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