About this project

AIRIE, Inc is gearing up for an amazing season beginning this fall! Donating to this public art campaign means that you’re helping to increase environmental awareness through the cultural arts. Stunning scenes on billboards and buildings, juried by a professional panel in Miami, will expose everyone to the fragile beauty of our precious natural resource, the Everglades. Each billboard will have innovative collateral programs, such as an Artists talk at PAMM with Susan Silas on December 10th, or Sundays in the Park on January 31st with Christina Pettersson and Jose Elias.

Christina Pettersson, film still from I am my own circus, I am my own legend, 2015

Christina Pettersson, film still from I am my own circus, I am my own legend, 2015

During Art Basel we will go totally wild with a HUGE display of public art on 195, which will be seen by at least 515,000 people per week on the highway!  In the spirit of Kickstarter projects, we’re asking for your support to help fund your part of  $20,000.00, which will kick us out of the box and onto enormous billboards.

Who: AIRIE, Inc, generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Everglades National Park. Be a part of “rewilding” Miami during the Park’s Centennial celebration by donating today.

What: Wild Billboards project will increase environmental awareness with HUGE, amazing images emblazoned on billboards and buildings.

When: NOW, for unveiling between Nov 2015 and Mar 2017.

Where: South Florida, specifically on SR 112 between the Design District and Wynwood, Tamiami Trail near Krome Avenue, Wynwood Walls or downtown Miami from I-95.

Why: To engage the public, through public art, on the environment issues facing our generation.

Largest donor (family, foundation or corporation) will receive a day-long private retreat with AIRIE artists, board members, and scientists in the Everglades National Park, meals  included.

Reed Van Brunschot, 2014, photographing her dragon

Reed Van Brunschot, 2014, photographing her dragon

Don’t we all need a little inspiration on our daily commute?

The idea behind Wild Billboards is that “When you bring the arts into people’s everyday lives, magical things happen,” says Dennis Scholl of the Knight Foundation.  Artwork and narratives by AIRIE Fellows will inspire the public to reconsider these sites, and remind us that the River of Grass preceded urban development and continues to flow just to our west. Clean, abundant water is relevant to everyone, and by using these visual cues, or wild public art and related events, we can make a difference now.

“The focus of rewilding Miami using the cultural arts is to strengthen the bonds between humans and our wilderness, inspired by the amazing photographs of AIRIE fellow Susan Silas,” says Deborah Mitchell, Executive Director of AIRIE, Inc.