Shenandoah Aquatic Center
Public Art commission for the City of Miami, artists Pavlina & Alfredo Alea. Glass mosaic murals "Aqua Verde" and "Surfacing".
“Aqua Verde” is inspired by the perfect marriage of sunlight and water, the Yin and the Yang of two elements, creating a beautiful dance of glimmering colors and flowing currents. The hues are inspired by the beauty of the Caribbean sea with its deep greens, light aqua, intense turquoise, brilliant blue, and warm yellows. The shapes follow the natural flow of water creating a complex abstract fabric which narrates the story of life’s journey. This artwork symbolizes the transformative experience of being afloat on the water, both in a literal and metaphoric sense. The currents guide but sometimes follow the path of the sunlight in a symbiotic brace which takes one to a place of meditation and peace. The water is simultaneously reflective and transparent, letting you glance at its deepest depths while reflecting back the light, setting its own wavy rhythm which eventually syncs with one’s heartbeat. “Aqua Verde” is the pure imagery of life, a warm inviting ocean and the feeling of eternal freedom. A metaphoric fountain of youth which washes away the age and the gravity and lets one exist vividly in this very moment.