Dec 7, 2023 - News

Tape and pennies: A look into Miami Art Week

In-progress artwork by Max Zorn made using packing tape, acrylic glass and LED lighting. Photo: Martin Vassolo/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Martin, your Art Week correspondent.

  • When I wasn't sitting in traffic, I got a chance to see some very cool creations this week.

Scope Miami Beach

I watched Dutch artist Max Zorn create stunning portraits using packing tape and a scalpel.

  • Zorn applies brown and multicolored tape to a piece of acrylic glass inside an LED light frame, then uses the scalpel to cut out hyper-realistic scenes. (Watch a video of him at work.)
Artwork by Stacey Lee Webber. A chainsaw and a barbed wire fence made using pennies.
A chainsaw (left) and close-up on barbed wire fence (right) made by Stacey Lee Webber using U.S. pennies. Photo: Martin Vassolo/Axios

Philadelphia-based artist Stacey Lee Webber uses U.S. currency to create playfully industrial pieces, like her chainsaw made of soldered pennies. (She also has a life-sized barbed wire fence made of pennies at her exhibit space!)

I also found lots of bananas at Scope, in keeping with Art Basel's notorious history with the fruit. (One, by Helga Stentzel, was made of cast resin and featured hidden puppies.)

Scope runs through Sunday. GA tickets are $60. 801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.

Faena Art

I walked through Chilean artist Sebastian Errazuriz's sand-covered labyrinth, "MAZE," at Faena Beach Tuesday night.

  • The labyrinth was designed by artificial intelligence but aims to make a statement about the need for human connection in a changing world.
  • I made friends waiting in line and trying to find an exit, as sand filled my shoes. Maybe that's what it was all about.

Faena Art runs through Sunday. Free. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

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