Inaugural Design Miami/Paris fair nixed and more

It’s a Monday and also – believe it or not – the first day of August. (Where did the summer go?) To kick-start the week, here’s just a handful of notable news on our radar:

Inaugural Design Miami/Paris gets the ax at Place de la Concorde

The first Parisian edition of Design Miami/ has been canceled after Laurent Nuñez, the newly appointed Paris police chief, decided that the planned site at Place de la Concorde was a no-go due to potential “security issues.” Positioned as the largest public square in Paris, Place de la Concorde spans 19 hectares in the eighth arrondissement.

The fair was announced in January and was due to take place in October to coincide with Paris+, the first offshoot of Art Basel held in the French capital. (This event is held in the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary exhibition hall on the Champ de Mars.) The 46 exhibitors who were scheduled to participate in the first edition of Design Miami/Paris have been fully reimbursed. Fair organizers announced the cancellation in a statement, citing “unexpected challenges for public events that allow it in Paris.” The organizers plan to return to the City of Light in 2023.

“Design Miami has been working to secure an alternative venue that fits the scale of the show, but the timeline has proven to be too short to continue this fall,” the statement, shared by The art newspaper, went on. The next Design Miami/ event is the 18th edition of its flagship trade show in South Florida, which starts on November 30 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

H/t to The art newspaper

Monument with standing beasts will be relocated as part of the Thompson Center sale

As the state of Illinois prepares to leave the James R. Thompson Center to make way for Google, Chicago Sun-Times reports that the state is taking with it an iconic piece of public art located just outside the postmodernist office building: French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet’s Monument with standing beasts.

Dubuffet’s 10-ton fiberglass sculpture debuted on the Loop just before the opening of the Thompson Center (née State of Illinois Center) in 1985. (Dubuffet died the same year.) Monument with standing beasts has long been seen as an extension of the Helmut Jahn-designed Thompson Center, each work – building and sculpture – is rubbernecking in its own unique way. The state-owned sculpture isn’t leaving the loop, however, and will find a new home at the SOM-designed 115 S. LaSalle Street, where the state of Illinois is establishing new offices following the sale of the Thompson Center. As reported by Sun-TimesThe Illinois Department of Central Management Services has not announced a relocation date.

Reactions to the planned relocation of the beastly 29-foot-tall public art piece — locals have nicknamed it “Snoopy in a Blender” — have been mixed, with some rejecting the move.

“Dubuffet deserves better than to stand in the shadows,” said Rolf Achilles, an art historian and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sun-Times. “It will not have the effect it has now; in other words, Dubuffet will be in exile.”

H/t to Chicago Sun-Times

Multi-specialty veterans care center opens in Phoenix

The Phoenix 32nd Street VA Clinic, a 275,000-square-foot facility located on 15 acres that ranks as one of the largest veterans care centers in the country, completed construction in late June. Equipped to provide care to half a million patients annually, the five-story clinic was designed by Kansas City-based architectural firm Hoefer Welker, a specialist in VA facilities, with Jacobsen Construction as the general contractor.

Key elements of the Phoenix VA Health Care System-operated facility include 180 exam rooms spread over three floors, an education center, pathology and imaging services, an outpatient mental health clinic (one of the largest in the region), and a spacious ground floor kitchen and cafeteria for patients and staff. Bathed in natural light, the complex also offers ample outdoor green space and mountain views, while high-performance glazing and perforated solar panels help keep things inside cool and efficient. As detailed by Construction divingthe completion of the state-of-the-art facility in Phoenix’s Gateway neighborhood comes as part of a larger push to close aging VA hospitals in regions including the Northeast and Midwest to better accommodate an influx of veterans moving to it Southwest and Sun Belt at multi-specialty, community-based facilities.

H/t to Construction diving

Art Omi announces two upcoming installations

Nonprofit art center Art Omi has announced two major new works set to debut later this month at the 120-acre sculpture and architecture park in New York’s Hudson Valley. The first is Ensemblea collaboration between architect Hana Kassem, principal of KPF, and sound artist Spencer Topel, which takes shape as a “space-defining instrument” that explores the “spatial and acoustic resonance of our surrounding environment.”

The installation features a series of 17 “tubes” of varying heights made from hollow steel tubes, as Art Omi explained in a press release. “As visitors engage and move around the reed field, their gentle movement activates sound elements that reverberate through the tubes’ chambers. They vary in tone quality and loudness based on tube height and positioning to create a collective soundscape and a constantly changing environment.”

The other new work that will be realized at Art Omi in August is Drawing fields no. 6, the latest – and biggest – work in the Outpost Office’s work in progress Draw fields series of large-scale ephemeral installations created by GPS-guided painting robots. “The notation assemblies of Draw fields challenging architecture’s principles of permanence and material accumulation,” the announcement explained. “The project avoids the waste that is often associated with temporary architecture. Each installation is water-soluble, non-toxic and disappears with rain, sun and growth. Within a few weeks, the site will return to its original state.”

The audience is invited to watch Drawing fields no. 6 come to life on August 13. More information about visiting the Art Omi campus can be found here.

A colossal spa complex in suburban Atlanta is one step closer to reality

Passport Springs & Spa, an EPCOT-ian aquatic wonderland billed as the largest facility of its kind in North America, is one big step closer to becoming a reality 40 miles northeast of Atlanta. On July 21, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a conditional-use zoning permit for the tourism-incentive project; It is now necessary to secure a building permit before construction can begin. Passport Springs will span nearly 11 acres, including 150,000 square feet of outdoor and 40,000 square feet of indoor space with its myriad water-filled attractions populating four themed pavilions – Rome, Japan, Costa Rica and Israel – that will “replicate the architecture,” landscaping, attractions, sounds and cuisines of its international spring destination, as well as the mineral profile of its hot springs,” according to the Passport Springs website.

Passport Experiences, the firm behind the development, tapped Irvine, Calif.-based spa resort specialist Voelker Gray Design to serve as project architect and designer, with Atlanta’s Kimley-Horn as civil engineer.

H/t to Urbanize Atlanta

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