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Kiki Smith
Blue Night

2021 & 2022 at Giralda Plaza, under the palm canopy

Kiki Smith's site-inspired installation, Blue Night, consisted of forty-two animal constellations. Kiki has long been fascinated with the heavens, human relationship to nature, and constellations. The animal constellation artworks were made from transparent blue plexiglass sheets with mirrored drawings bonded to the surface with each figure highlighting the stars comprising the actual constellations on both sides of the artwork. Holographic vinyl caught sunlight during the day and ambient light at night. 

Augmented Reality (AR) Asterism/Animation: 

The exhibition included an AR experience where people could transform the original drawings and move them to align with the constellation or position for an inspired selfie.

A preview of the AR experience was launched as part of Art Basel 2020 to allow those sheltering in place from the pandemic the opportunity to experience public art from the safety of their own home. 

A limited release Blue Night coloring book accompanied the exhibition:


KIKI SMITH: Blue Night was sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Logo for Culture Builds Florida. Below that in small green letters "Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs" with a colorful swirl picture to the left.

 KIKI SMITH: Blue Night augmented reality (AR) was made possible in part with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Logo for Miami-Dade County.

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Special appreciation to: Kiki Smith; Lance Fung, curator; German Acosta, AR designer; Art Basel Miami Beach