Have a look at this proposed monument to be completed for the residents in West Kendall. The exact location is right in my neck of the woods; Kendall Soccer Park. I specifically drive by this park every chance a get because of the gratifying winding road adjacent to it. Well more for the eye to see on your next cruise through this Kendall Park will be a monumental landmark of a larger than life trophy that is to be constructed. Exact size is 10 feet in height. Artist Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova submission won the rights to adorn the parks premises with a site specific sculpture that all of the parks patrons can relate to.
Artist Website: Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova
Medium: Fiberglass, stainless steel, marble and concrete
Size: 10′ x 10′ x 28′
More about the Artist and Proposed Art via Miami-Dade Art in Public Places
Consisting of five regulation size artificial turf soccer fields, the Kendall Soccer Park is home to recreational soccer leagues and hosts a variety of classes, camps and competitive games. The park is open from sunrise to sunset and has a field center with concession on site. The Kendall Soccer Park is situated in an area of high vehicular traffic, adjacent to a residential area. Artist Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova has designed a fiberglass and stainless steel trophy sculpture that will contribute to the identity of this park and bring an unexpected and delightful encounter for visitors entering the facility. Under fabrication, the sculpture is set to be installed in late 2012.
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova (b. 1973 Havana, Cuba) immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1980 during the Mariel boat lift. He currently lives and works in Miami, FL. He attended the Ringling School of Art and Design and the New World School of the Arts where he was awarded the Frances Wolfson Endowed Visual Arts Scholarship, and has completed residencies at the Capri Palace in Capri, Italy in 2009 as well as the Vermont Studio Center in 2007.
Rodriguez-Casanova has exhibited throughout the US and abroad in numerous exhibitions including installations at Socrates Sculpture Park and Sculpture Center in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: An Uneven Floor. Locust Projects. Miami, FL, United States (2010); You might sleep but you will never dream, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, United States (2009); Now As Then, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL, United States (2007); Cultural Consortium Showcase, Casas Riegner Gallery, Miami, FL, United States (2004).
His work has been featured in various publications including ArtNews, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Arte al Dia, Art Nexus and the Miami Herald to name a few. He is in the public permanent collections of CIFO: The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, The Frost Art Museum, FIU and the Bass Museum of Art as well as in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
He received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual & Media Arts in 2004 and 2011. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Cintas Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts. Currently he is working toward a solo exhibition at Galeria Casas Riegner this fall in Bogotá, Colombia as well as a two person exhibition at Steven Wolf Gallery in San Fransico, CA, United States.