The Underline is the name given to THE project to create a 10-mile urban trail and linear park from the Miami River to Dadeland South.
Friends of The Underline a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression are gearing up for a busy year full of fun activities and events to keep the community exciting about the future Underline.
2015 was an incredible year of progress for The Underline … with substantial private and public contributions, over 60 community events and the start of the design process for Phase I at Brickell Backyard from the Miami River to SW 13th Street.
2016 began with a bang as 4 temporary art installations funded by a generous $200,000 grant by ArtPlace America were unveiled on January 14th at UnderArt at Brickell Metrorail station. Through a collaboration of Friends of The Underline, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs’ Art in Public Places and Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Departments, UnderArt was the inaugural public art program for The Underline by 4 Miami-based artists Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo, and Agustina Woodgate.
Bhakti Baxter’s Metro Flower Power features live floral planting arrangements for the interiors of each of the eight Metrorail stations located along The Underline. The plants are displayed to mimic grand floral arrangements near the entrance of each station and will be replanted along the future Underline after the installation period.
At the Brickell Station, Naomi Fisher’s #PUZZLED is an architecturally-scaled participatory sculpture incorporating a motif of large anthropomorphic puzzle pieces. The sculptural installation will be activated by ballet dancers to create unique performances throughout the duration of the artwork.
Nicolas Lobo presents Brutal Workout, a participatory artwork functioning as a mobile exercise station and critique of self-improvement. Flexibly designed to address different parts of the body as it rests on any one of its six sides, the 10’ by 10’ cube framework of stainless steel echoes the Brutalist, utilitarian aesthetic of the Miami Metrorail transit system itself.
Agustina Woodgate activated The Underline broadcasting live from RadioEE.net, a nomadic, bilingual, event-based online radio station. Agustina transformed a 16-person bicycle into the internet radio station from Jan. 13-15 and while cycling interviewed residents and community leaders about mobility, migration and transportation.
Look for our next event on March 11th as the Baptist Health Underline Cycling Club bikes from Dadeland South to Brickell Metrorail Station for Bike 305 Bike The Underline. Then, join the biking celebration at UnderParty from 12-4 at Brickell Metrorail Station. Sign up on Eventbrite