Bal Harbour in Florida, an upscale enclave of beachfront accommodations and high-end shops is hosting "Unscripted," a new public art program curated by Claire Breukel, who has worked on projects around the world. Studio visits, arts chats, documentaries and arts education have been designed to support the first “Unscripted” art commission, called "Pax Americana," by artist George Sanchez-Calderon, who unveiled the installation in October. In December, guests of Bal Harbour will get exclusive access to a studio visit with the artist during the 11th annual Art Basel Miami Beach, a premier art show in the country that brings together artists and art lovers from around the world. "Unscripted" will also create a mini-documentary on Sanchez-Calderon to be shown during Bal Harbour’s annual "Movies on the Beach" series. Later in the month, children can attend a special art class at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort's Kids’ Club, taught by Sanchez-Calderon.
In his "Pax Americana" project, the artist created a six-foot tall, stainless-steel letter installation of the word "Americana," in reference to the historical site where many significant events took place. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is where the Americana Hotel was, where political conventions were held hosting the likes of Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Reagan and Clinton.
As his second installation, called "Levittown House," Sanchez-Calderon will build a recreation of a Levittown-style house on Bal Harbour’s Founder circle. Bal Harbour Village was one of the first suburban planned communities in the country, built as a quiet residential neighborhood with former World War II Army barracks. It was incorporated in 1956, a year before Levittown, and both communities were created in response to the country’s post-war housing needs. Sanchez-Calderon said the Levittown house symbolizes the prototype of post-war American, which changed the American urban and suburban landscape.