"the" Mrs. Astor

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

It is late and we just got back from one of Ditmar's over-the-top garden parties, but note must be made that Miami is about to be taken over by Art Basel, the most important gathering of art, artists, and collectors in the United States. Last year, The Herald reported that more art money had changed hands during Art Basel weekend that at any other time in history. Of course, The City has been erecting art pieces in every park in anticipation of the start of Art Basel on Thursday. One of these is the fanciful gazebo now across the street from our neighbor, The Victor.
By Sunday gorgeous people were enjoying the gazebo erected across the street at 12th and Ocean Drive. It was a warm December day and bikinis were the rule by 10 AM.

The gazebo is in the form of a crouching man and--to my astonishment--is made of wood; hundreds and hundreds of wooden letters form it. There is seating inside, and that is just the beginning of the wonder.

It was mesmerizing to sit inside the gazebo on a day like this; it was almost as if a halo formed overhead against the brilliant sky.

And, of course, there is nothing like sitting in a gazebo with a gentleman like Mr. Astor at midnight in a balmy, December evening on South Beach.


At 12:50 AM, Blogger Tom said...

Gorgeous. The gazebo's nice, too.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Countess Bedelia said...

Absolutely incredible!! I love when art and function meet. Much like Mr. Astor himself!


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