The lighthouse at South Point is one of many public art projects in progress and it cuts a striking silhouette against the Miami skyline. While it’s billed as a lighthouse, don’t expect the maritime industry to start using obstinate as a reference point. The tower is meant to welcome folks to the Beach, not ships into the harbor.
Rehberger conceived a special gateway to Miami Beach at its most southern point. His 55-foot obstinate lighthouse, 2011, is the newest addition to the City of Miami Beach public art collection and is created as an accumulation of nineteen staggered parts, topped by an installation of moving lights at its peak. According to Mr. Rehberger: “The sculpture is a modern and playful interpretation of a beacon. However, rather than guiding ships, the light functions to greet all city visitors and locals with a choreographed light display that references the lively spirit of Miami Beach.”
Tobias Rehberger is a German artist who is also a professor at the University of Fine Arts, Frankfurt, Germany. Tobias conceptual art references, architecture, design, fashion and even advertising. Rehberger has had more than 80 solo museum shows in some of the most respected museums in the world and has been awarded several international art awards with the most prestigious being the Golden Lion in 2009 at the Venice Biennale, for the Cafeteria Project.
The Obstinate Lighthouse,is made of steel, aluminum, acrylic concrete and LED lights.