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MDC Museum of Art + Design Presents FOREVERGLADES Exhibition with a Global Message

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Miami, November 1, 2012 -

Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design has big plans for Art Basel. As part of FOREVERGLADES, an environmentally-minded public installation by William Sweetlove and other members of Cracking Art Group, large-scale recyclable plastic alligators, sea turtles, frogs, and bunnies will be positioned crawling up and down and around the historic Freedom Tower at MDC. The exhibition will open with a public reception at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, in collaboration with Galleria Ca’ D’Oro and generously underwritten by famed Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux.


This unique exhibition features bright-colored plastic figures modeled after native South Florida animal species, such as alligators, sea turtles, frogs, and marsh rabbits, peppered throughout the interior and exterior of the Freedom Tower. The animals were selected by the artists because of the important role each plays in the development and history of the local landscape. The exhibition aims to establish a locally conscious perspective focusing on environmental protection, sustainability and advocacy of South Florida’s National Parks and Preserves.


In addition, the Museum will present FOREVERGLADES: here today, hopeful for tomorrow, an educational symposium, on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Freedom Tower, in partnership with the MDC Earth Ethics Institute, National Parks Conservation Association, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve. The complete schedule will be announced in mid-November.


The Cracking Art Group consists of six European artists whose underlying mission is to change art history through both a strong social and environmental commitment and the revolutionary and innovative use of different plastic materials that evoke a strict relationship between natural life and artificial reality. The plastic results from the catalytic Cracking (the name of the group comes from this term), which transforms petroleum into plastic, has its roots in a millenary civilization which is the history of man and his world. 


Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design continues to expand its mission and vision to provide culturally-rich programming throughout South Florida and establish long lasting community partnerships. Additional support for FOREVERGLADES is provided by the Consul General of Italy, Consul General of Belgium, Consul General of France, Gulliver School and the Biscayne Nature Center.


FOREVERGLADES runs through Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Exhibition and events are free and open to the public.


Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m.

MDC Museum of Art + Design Presents FOREVERGLADES Exhibition

  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 30, 7:00 PM - Saturday, Jan. 26, 8:00 PM
  • WHERE: Freedom Tower at MDC 600 Biscayne Blvd.

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