Miami Beach hired Misael Soto to help fight climate change.
“At the end of the day, Miami wants to be here and capitalism’s gonna push for it to stay here,” he stated. “So my job is to hopefully understand, in the broadest sense, what the possibilities are, and try to get people to see those possibilities.”
Th Art Center of South Florida teamed up with the City of Miami Beach to create the year-long art residency.
“This is the first time where we’ve actually had an artist come in and work with city staff, and really connect into the community over the course of this next year to bring the challenges of climate change to life,” explained environment and sustainability director Elizabeth Wheaton.
Miami’s sea level could rise one to three feet by 2060. Miami beach is also man-made thus the city must replenish its sand periodically in a process called beach renourishment.
“What I’ve proposed then is to repurpose sand that will be used by the city for beach renourishment — repurpose it and use it to fill sandbags, and with those sandbags I will be building, day by day over the course of approximately two months, a theater which initially will seem like a large, curved wall, and that theater will then be used for public programming…” Soto said.