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Street artists paint to raise funds for the Miami Marine Stadium restoration

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Tomorrow Art History will be made at the Miami Marine Stadium. Nine very talented international artists will paint at the stadium this Saturday in an event to raise funds for the restoration of the dilapidated stadium.

The Miami Marine Stadium is considered a national treasure- architecturally, historically, musically and artfully. When the stadium was built in 1963 architect Hilario Candela used several innovative techniques for the time and still considered a breakthrough today in Modernist architecture . For instance, when the stadium was built the longest span of cantilevered concrete in the world, longer than a football field, was used for its roof.

Historically the stadium was used as a hub for speed boat racing. A scene from Elvis Presley’s movie Clambake was filmed there. The stadium was also used as a concert venue with the likes of Jimmy Buffet, Sammy Davis Jr, Queen, Ray Charles, and Beach Boys performing on it's floating stage. After hurricane Andrew hit Miami in the 90’s the stadium sustained considerable damage and it was closed. The story doesn’t end there however, graffiti artists started entering the stadium to express themselves by creating hundreds of pieces leading up to today. Due to its prime location on beautiful Key Biscayne, developers wanted to tear down the stadium to build a hotel/condo. The Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium and The National Trust for Historic Preservation stepped in to stop this Miami jewel from disappearing and losing all the rich history.

Enter into the picture Kondoit Art which is handling the Art History 2014 mural project for the stadium and working in conjunction with FMMS and the National Trust. The Art History project is bringing international attention to the stadium. The project is raising funds for the stadium's renovation by contracting international street artists to paint murals at the stadium. In turn prints will be created from the works and sold with proceeds going to the restoration.

The list of artists who will be painting this Saturday is jaw dropping. Curated by Logan Hicks, the artists included are Rone, Evoka1, Joey Iurato, Elbow Toe, Risk, Doze Green, Luis Berros and Ian Kuali'i. Gloria Estefan, a trustee, will host the event and tour the stadium with architect Hilario Candela while at the same time interacting with the artists. The event will take place from 10-2pm Saturday, although it is not open to the public other attendees include winners from an Instragram photo contest held to bring awareness to the cause. You can contribute and support the project by sharing to make others aware and by going to Art History's site and purchasing an artist print. In the end everybody wins, art history is made and the plan is for the stadium to be restored to a venue and park where all can enjoy its beauty and revel in its history.

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