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  • Summer Of '84: In Other Architectural News...

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    In these three clips Miami's architectural cycle of destruction and construction continues with a relatively new element, preservation, getting into the mix.

    First, the Gesu Parish School, built i...
  • Summer Of '84: Arquitectonica Reshapes Miami's Skyline

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    During the Summer Of '84 (in its July 23, 1984 issue, to be exact) Time Magazine took notice of a fledgling architecture firm that many Miamians were already well aware of.

    "...a brash young firm ...
  • Summer Of '84: Medflies, Q*bert and Celebrity Softball

    • 5 days ago
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    Our exploration of the Summer of '84 continues with news stories from early July 1984.

    Up first, salesman Wes Barnes turns his back yard into a Thai-style rice paddy and grows Asian herbs and vegg...
  • Summer Of '84: Great Weather If You're A Duck

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    What was up in South Florida in mid-July 1984? A lot! This packed Summer Of '84 clip leads off with a Kid's Olympics on Miami Beach near the Fontainebleau, featuring challenging obstacles and an ol...
  • Summer Of '84: More Art That's Not Analog

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    WTVJ's Nick Bogert continues to explore the brave new world of computer art -- and finds the paintbrush getting phased out by some kind of computer input device that is not yet a mouse.

    In this re...
  • Summer Of '84: Art That's Not Analog

    • 1 week ago
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    WTVJ's Nick Bogert explores the brave new world of computer art -- and finds the paintbrush getting phased out by some kind of computer input device that is not yet a mouse.

    In this report Bogert ...

A Bright Pink Turning Point Play

In 1983 Miami's image -- and Miamian's morale -- was at a low ebb. The dislocating effects of the Mariel Boatlift were still being felt; crime was skyrocketing and South Florida, labeled "Paradise Lost" by a "Time" cover story, was in a state of crisis.

Then in May artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, along with hundreds of volunteers and other collaborators, started wrapping some of the little islands in Biscayne Bay with pink fabric, and joining the fabric on the islands to more that spread across the water. Stretching and stitching, they worked for three days realizing Christo's vision: "Surrounded Islands" -- an audacious, astonishing, beautiful artwork that transformed Biscayne Bay and Miami's image.

For two weeks "Surrounded Islands" remained in place, enthralling locals, stimulating business and changing the way the world looked at Miami. A fading, crime-ridden beach town bloomed again as the world's media flocked to Miami, not to cover drug smuggling and immigration tensions, but to revel in Christo's paradisiacal pink creation.

If "Surrounded Islands" was a jewel, Miami was its setting. The world -- and Miamians -- admired both.

These video clips, selected from the collections of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, record the excitement and skepticism with which South Floridians greeted "Surrounded Islands" and give a glimpse of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's creative process. Enjoy the clips -- and if you have memories of

Note: Some of these clips show evidence of playback issues. This is a feature of the archival video sources from which the clips are derived.

This video and audio is copyrighted/owned by the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives.

Subscribe to the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives' YouTube channel and tune in to the fascination and fun of Miami and Florida's past, captured on film and video and preserved by the Wolfson Archives at Miami Dade College.
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