Landscape architect Raymond Jungles is the man behind many of Miami’s most alluring spaces. An Omaha native and disciple of Brazilian modernist Roberto Burle Marx, Jungles set up shop in Miami in the ’80s and has since stamped his green thumbprint all over town. His recent projects include the rooftop garden of the New World Symphony’s new Miami Beach home and the “urban glade” fronting the 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage.
Sunday was the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade, and, despite the sporadic drizzle and the serious threat of runny mascara, queens, bears, and curious tourists made their way to Ocean Drive in droves. Sketchy Miami all-star Brian Butler, the inimitable hand behind The Upper Hand Art, was on hand to illustrate the “extraordinary day out” in real time. Thank God. To view the illustration in full size, click the cowboy’s nipple.
Earlier today I swung by the Art Deco Weekend street fair between 5th and 15th on Ocean Drive. The vendors pedaled much schlock — “bottle art”, Britto rip-offs (!), glossy photographs of cresting waves — and the only thing Art Deco about the fair were the hotels lining the west side of the street. Which is to say, the Art Deco fair hasn’t changed much since my mother first dragged me there as a bratty young’n years ago. Still sequined weirdos lunging around on stilts, still jugglers incorporating frightened children into their routines, still speed portraitists splattering the canvas for change. The one below is Tim Decker, a gentleman from the Clearwater county seat. He painted this celebrity portrait in about six minutes. See how many slides it takes you to figure out who he’s painting.