Coral Arena is a virtual narrative of a monumental sculpture. The staggering and seemingly impossible shape in a contextless, scaleless white cube is transplanted to the Miami Beach coastline. Submerged in the ocean bed, the once rigidly geometric sculpture blooms as the natural growth of corals on all of its surfaces creates a new underwater eco-system. This digital piece simulates the life of a physical artwork that will be installed in the future as a part of the ReefLine masterplan - it is a digital twin to a sculpture that will live and grow over time, depicting the sculpture as a piece of resilient infrastructure.
Proceeds from the sale of this release will be donated to The ReefLine, an artificial reef, marine habitat and sculpture park in Miami Beach.
OMA is an international practice operating within the boundaries of architecture and urbanism while applying architectural thinking to domains beyond. Established in 2001, OMA New York is responsible for OMA's operations in the Americas. Shohei Shigematsu is a Partner at OMA and has led the firm's portfolio in the Americas in Japan—with projects spanning multiple typologies, from museums to masterplans; and various scales, from exhibitions to skyscrapers. His observations and research on the evolving and expanding relationships between art and architecture have informed the design of a number of OMA’s cultural projects across the country, including the Faena Forum in Miami, an extension to the National Art Museum of Quebec, and the renovation of Sotheby’s headquarters in New York. He is currently leading the design of the New Museum expansion on Bowery in New York, an extension to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and the ReefLine underwater sculpture park and sculpture in Miami Beach. The ReefLine is designed by Shohei Shigematsu with Associate Christy Cheng and Senior Architect Caroline Corbett. Paris based architect and digital artist, Nicholas Préaud explores the ways of connecting the imaginary to the reality of built architecture. Throughout physical installations, architectural and furniture design, construction R&D and digital art, Nicholas Préaud's work comes together as one broad unclassifiable contemporary discipline. A discipline that sets out to question our ways of life, our ways of interacting with our environment and each other, and to question the traditional rollout of creative processes. Led by London-based interior designer and creative director Charlotte Taylor, Studio Charlotte Taylor creates interiors and spaces that blend the sculptural with the practical; the futuristic with comfort. Exploring the boundaries between digital and the physical, the studio utilises ultra-realistic visual renders to reimagine real-world interiors. Pushing conventional rules and reimagining the tangible, the result is a unique signature vision, process and style.