Don’t you just hate it when you come across a curious piece of artwork that resonates with you in a manner that you just have to find out more about it?
Well, situated on Biscayne Boulevard downtown Miami just north of the American Airlines Arena (home of the NBA 2013 Champs - The Miami Heat) is a massive twenty-foot bronze statue which seems to beg the question: Don’t you want to know more about me? And (for certain) the three visiting German tourists, who appeared so totally fascinated with this sculpture as I was taking a photograph of the same, certainly wanted to know more about the artwork.
Hopefully they will get to read this but, to begin with, the artwork was a gift to the City of Miami in 2010 by the Cundo Bermudez Museum & Gallery. Sadly, the Cuban master sculptor passed away two years earlier. According to a press release from PR-Web ‘Flora la Recogedora de Sueños’ as the art piece was named:
“Represents ‘the mosaic’ of Cuban master sculptor Cundo Bermudez’s body of work, and his love of the city of Miami.”
Born in 1914, Cundo Bermudez made history in 1944 when his artwork was included in the “Modern Cuban Painting” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the first exhibition of modern Cuban art outside Havana.
“Bermudez, who passed away in 2008, remained a prolific artist well into his 90s. He is considered a master of Cuban art. His commissions for public places include a glass mosaic mural for the Havana Hilton Hotel, two 20-story-tall murals for the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a monumental tile mural for the interior courtyard of the Organization of American States (O.A.S.) in Washington, DC” according to a 2010 PR-Web Press release about the Miami gift.
Bermudez settled and later died in Miami, a city family and friends say he truly loved.