Earlier this month, Romanian artist Daniel Knorr unveiled one of his emblematic Bonhomme Universe sculptures during the opening of the Herzog de Meuron-designed Jade Signature residential complex. Perched in front of the new Fortune International Group developed tower, the geometric yet textured work incorporates an eclectic array of precious stones from around the world – green quartz, red jasper, moonstone and many more – highlighting the multicultural nature of the real estate project and Miami itself.
Installed on the sun-drenched beaches of Sunny Isles, just up the coast from the main city, the work stems out of a two decade long series that explores how snowman could exist without snow. The chosen material reflect a site specific exploration. Also during Miami Art Week, the artist revealed his Navel of the World at the Bass Museum; mounted as part of Art Basel’s public sector showcase.
Bonhomme Universe is part of a curatorial programme accentuating Jade Signature’s unique vision.
Developed by the Swiss architects Herzog de Meuron, the angled structure features 192 units, all with unobstructed view of the ocean and maximum sun exposure. With interiors designed by Paris firm PYR – led Pierre Yves Rochon, the residential tower includes landscaping by Raymound Jungles. Careful consideration went into ensuring that the pool level flank the beach. Maintaining such a fluid connection is rare along the Florida coastline. This was made possible by burying four car park levels underground. Natural elements run throughout the building, adding to the concept of spatial flow.