JOEP VAN LIESHOUT
b. 1963, Netherlands
Location: Miami Beach Convention Center Collins Canal Park
The Humanoids in the Collins Canal Park are a classic representation of the work of Joep Van Lieshout. Van Lieshout is a Dutch artist who is internationally recognized for his sculptures, large-scale installations and public artworks. These works, which reflect on society, usually become destinations and serve as place makers in their environment. In addition, his art tends to go viral; examples include Funky Bones, The Mini Capsule Hotel and most recently Domestikator. .
The Humanoids are part of his recent fascination with man and nature. They appear as abstract figures, which use the park and the natural environment as their habitat, formulating a subtle statement about our relationship to nature and our origins. The sculptures will be placed throughout the park, along the canal and amidst landscaping. The Humanoids invite visitors to engage, whether it be to use them as rendezvous spots, places to remember, sketch, write, think or talk, and they encourage social interaction and contemplation.