Occupy Miami: ‘Eviction will make us stronger’

By | February 2nd, 2012 | 5 Comments
Occupy Miami Eviction

Police in riot gear lined up to evict Occupy Miami from Government Center. -- photo by Maxwell Noah Kirsner

As the sky began to darken outside the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown Miami on Tuesday night, the crowd that had gathered to watch the much anticipated eviction of the Occupy Miami camp swelled, while the ranks of the protesters dwindled, some retreating to the perimeter of the park to observe.

The stage was set for a showdown when the permit allowing the “Victorian Sunshine Corporation” to camp out in Government Center expired on Saturday. According to a statement issued by Miami-Dade County, the permit was denied renewal on the basis of unsanitary and unsafe conditions at the protest site. Anyone who remained in the lawn area after sunset on Tuesday outside the building where the protest was centered would be “subject to arrest for trespassing.”

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‘Reflection’ installed permanently at Government Center

By | December 26th, 2011 | 1 Comment

There are infrared cameras at Government Center watching and recording your movement. No surprise, I know, but it’s not what you’re thinking. Commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, artist and architect Ivan Toth Depeña recently installed “Reflection” in the lobby of the major downtown Metrorail hub.

'Reflection' by Ivan Toth Depeña

Permanently installed on Nov. 18, “Reflection” comprises six LED light boxes located in the lobby that interact with and respond to commuters’ movement and gesture via camera tracking …

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