A Modern Ruin
I'm often puzzled by the human capacity to let beautiful things fall into ruin. There is a certain beauty in decay, as evidenced by the surreal attraction of the famous Miami Marine Stadium, which frames views of downtown Miami. But as graffiti artists close in, and the stadium turns to rubble, we may lose the chance to restore it forever.
The Stadium was built in 1964, under the direction of young Cuban designer Hilario Candela. Considered a masterpiece of design, it was made entirely of poured concrete and features a dramatically cantilevered folded-plate roof.
Its original function was as a venue for watching power boating racing, but it also served as a location for concerts and other community events.
In 1992, Hurrican Andrew hit, causing an estimated $2-3 million worth of damage. Damage that, to date, has not been repaired. Some have said it should be condemned, others that the damage is only superficial.
In the mean time, every inch of the decaying surface has been covered with graffiti, making it an unlikely urban art gallery.
Today, due to popular demand, the City is making plans to renovate the Virginia Key area, and with it the Marine Stadium. Some pictures (top and below) give an idea of what it might look like. Let's hope the restoration happens. RM