Shohei shigematsu designed Miami Beach's first underwater public sculpture park, snorkel trail, and man-made coral reef.
ReefLine, this is the name of the underwater public park, it will function as an artificial reef to protect and preserve the marine life of the city. It will provide a habitat for endangered coral reef organisms, promoting biodiversity and improving coastal resilience.
The agency OMA will design the ReefLine masterplan in collaboration with a team of expert marine biologists, researchers, architects and coastal engineers. ReefLine is unique because it attracts attention and mitigates the dangers of climate change in Miami, ”he says Shohei Shigematsu, partner of OMA.
We are looking forward to working with the group of experts and professionals on our first underwater public park masterplan.Shohei Shigematsu
An underwater public park that defends marine life
It is not an inaccessible sanctuary. It is a real underwater public park, which stretches for 11 kilometers. Reefline is a large-scale environmental public art project.
Everything starts from a modular geometric concrete unit that can be deployed following the topography of the seabed. A “living breakwater” that will be interspersed with a series of installations, just like statues in a public park on the mainland.
ReefLine will be completed in stages, with the opening of the first mile of the artificial coral reef scheduled for December 2021. The first phase will open with permanent installations by the Argentine artist Leandro erlich.
Erlich will create an underwater incarnation of his popular "traffic jam" carved in sand, commissioned by the city of miami beach during the 2019 art week. The installation, called "Concrete coral", recodes images and sculptures of cars and trucks. as new vehicles for environmental change.
In the coming months, installations by other artists are planned.
ReefLine is a singular investment in civic infrastructure, public art and environmental protection.