Lincoln Road's Zapata "Wing" to be Removed

Lincoln Road

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Lincoln Road's Zapata "Wing" to be Removed:

Sculpture and fountains to temporarily become planters

Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales has notified Commissioners of the impending removal of the Zapata “Wing” sculpture on Lincoln Road. Located on the 400 block of Lincoln Road at one of the mall’s gateways, the glass and metal structure was designed by Carlos Zapata and sits within a rectangular water fountain alongside another water fountain and planter bed. According to a 2016 Miami Herald article, there was also supposed to be a touch screen for tourist information but the device didn't work properly and was never installed. 
 
The decision to remove the sculpture was actually made in 2016 but is just now being acted on. Morales wrote to Commissioners this week, “The Carlos Zapata ‘Wing’ structure was added to Lincoln Road in 1999 as one of the final pieces of the 1995 renovation project. This structure was never completed per its intended design, and over time, the structure and fountain’s incomplete design has caused this structure to become a hazard and has been the cause of many accidents. Since Lincoln Road is visited by thousands of daily visitors, its removal will eliminate the future potential hazardous situations.”
 
The Herald reported that, in addition to the touch screen, the sculpture is missing a glass wall in front of the fountain.
 
The Lincoln Road Improvement Master Plan, designed by James Corner Field Operations and approved by the City Commission on October 14, 2015, recommended the removal of the ‘Wing’ structure and fountain,” Morales said. Subsequently, the Commission’s Land Use and Development Committee accepted the recommendation as did the City Commission in 2016.
 
“The Property Management Department is working with the Greenspace Management Division to place low lying landscape, approved by the Planning Department, in the fountain basin after the structure has been removed,” Morales wrote. “This is a temporary solution that will eliminate hazards, and increase site safety until construction on the master plan project begins.”
 
 
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