Beyond Miami’s Fairs, a Wealth of Superb Public Art Installations Awaits

The whole library, in effect, is a site-specific Ruscha piece—a heavenly one. Interestingly, as Ocean Drive reported, this second commission was also almost scuttled because some of the lunettes are bilingual, bearing words in both English and Spanish, and they were to be installed after the controversial passage of a measure that allowed only English-language signs. Ruscha prevailed on the grounds that his artwork did not count as official government signage. (And that law is no longer on the books.) Taken together, Ruscha’s paintings invite—in a deadpan tone undergirded with sly humor—library patrons to ask tough questions about what they read, write, and think.