The Miami Design District has named architect-designer Germane Barnes winner of its eagerly anticipated Annual Design Commission. Barnes’ winning installation Rock | Roll, was designed as a celebration of the communities who have shaped Miami’s one-of-a-kind, polyethnic culture, from the city’s earliest foundations to today. It will be realized across the Design District’s public spaces as well as a special installation at the entrance of the Design Miami/.
Curated by Anava Projects, Rock | Roll marks the first time a Miami-based creative has won the highly competitive, invitation-only design commission. Conceived as a love letter to the people of Miami, Barnes’ multi-scale installation draws on the vibrant visual language of Miami Carnival to honor the BIPOC communities who shape this incredibly dynamic city.
The Miami Design District collaborated with Matterport, a spatial data company focused on digitizing the built world, to create a digital twin of Germane Barnes’ Rock | Roll enabling anyone, anywhere to virtually experience the commission as if they were in the District. Click here to experience it.