Miami’s next big public art piece is going to be seven miles long – and underwater! According to Travel + Leisure, “The project, named ReefLine, is being built by the OMA architecture firm, and designed primarily to raise awareness on how climate change is impacting this part of Florida as it leads to rising sea levels and coral reef damage.”
The first mile of ReefLine is slated to be completed by December of 2021, and it will be located around ¼ of a mile off of South Beach, just north of South Pointe Park, where it will serve as a continuation of the artificial reef system that has already been installed by Nova Southeastern University. Artificial reefs benefit their ecosystem by providing a place for coral and sponges to populate, which brings in new sea life that would not necessarily inhabit a sandy seafloor. They also serve to break up some of the waves that hit the Beach, thus reducing beach erosion. The unique design and the length of ReefLine will also be a fun attraction for tourists, whether they stay in the South Beach hotels that will be a short swim away or if they simply visit the beach for the day.
With sponsors like Miami-Dade County, Miami Beach, the University of Miami, and the Knight Foundation, ReefLine should be a resounding success. It will be good for our environment and good for tourism, which sounds great for Miami overall!