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MYTHS, WORDS AND FIRE” Art Installation by LAURA KIMPTON At SLS South Beach Hotel

If you’re doing the Miami Art Basel thing, take a break from the chaos of the art airs and stop by the beautiful SLS Hotel South Beach for an immersive environment by the incredible Laura Kimpton. I had the chance to chat over breakfast with Kimpton, and got to preview the expanse of pieces that will take over the indoors and outdoors of the space. Check out Kimptons’ mix media works, giant sculptures, FIRE sculptures and pop up clothing store at 17 and Collins.


MIAMI BEACH – Myths, Words and Fire, an art installation by Laura Kimpton, will be on view at the SLS South Beach Hotel, 1701 Collins Avenue, from December 1-31, 2015. The installation will transform the entire ground floor of the hotel from the street to the pool area with sculpture, video and paintings. Sponsored by art collectors Marc Bell and Marc Leder, Myths, Words and Fire is Kimpton’s first Miami Beach project. In addition to the installation, Kimpton will launch her “She’s Got Wings” apparel line at a pop-store in the hotel during art fair week. Bell and Leder will host a VIP party at the SLS on Saturday evening, December 5th in honor of Kimpton.
Myths, Words and Fire will offer viewers the opportunity to observe and interact with Kimpton’s world of playful irreverence. Her use of images, words, objects and junk is a way of expressing her conceptual viewpoint that “nothing is sacred.”
In the spirit of radical self-expression, Kimpton’s installation will feature several of her monumental, Burning Man word sculptures including LOVE#M, and OK. Other elements in the SLS installation include:
  • A three-story painted wrap on the front façade of the building;
  • A painted art truck filled with televisions displaying Kimpton’s Burning Man EGOInstallation Burn and other videos;
  • An 18-foot flaming, propane, Celtic Forest tree by the hotel entrance;
  • An EGO burning video in the hotel lobby near the elevators;
  • In the pool area, 10-15 easels with 2-D mixed media pieces including Self Portrait, White Bird;
  • On the beach, a moat with flaming steel books and an 8-foot centaur and an 8-foot mermaid;
  • In the bar area by the pool, 200 small pillows made from Kimpton’s oil paintings and throw blankets for the couches.
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