Future MemoriesThe Illuminated World of Artist Olivia Steele
ISSUE No 3
The Illuminated World of Artist Olivia Steele
By Yasha Wallin
ISSUE No 3
The other night, walking down a dark street in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood it hit me, lit up in neon on a building’s facade—a message I couldn’t ignore: “Let Me Love You.” A message of such love and tenderness was certainly not expected down this somewhat drab, empty sidewalk, making it all the more powerful to be confronted with. Such is the impact of Olivia Steele’s urban art interventions. The Nashville-born artist uses neon as her medium to tell stories—snippets of life and its contradictions—that are literally and philosophically illuminating. “Art has to be provocative, it has to stimulate our thoughts and emotions, and provoke a moment of awareness,” Steele explains.
“Future Memories” is her latest contemplative sentiment, and can be seen at the Miami Beach EDITION as part of the hotel’s permanent collection. The piece, she says, is a “reflection of the anticipation and mystery of what we’re going through as a race. The content of our memories in the future will be a stark contrast to anything we are accustomed to these days.” To take a lighter turn, also on view at EDITION is the cheeky, glowing piece, “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” in the downstairs ice skating rink. Join us there to make some memories.
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