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Discover Miami’s Historic Gems on ‘International Day for Monuments and Sites’

We’ve selected remarkable landmarks around Downtown Miami that showcase the city’s past and culture.

Apr 16, 2024 · 4 Minute Read

International Monuments Day

Miami is a city steeped in history, and the best way to fully immerse yourself in it is by visiting its remarkable monuments and sites. These treasures offer a glimpse into Miami’s storied past and the impact these landmarks have had on the city’s development. 

Celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18, 2024, by exploring these iconic pieces and uncovering the legacy that has shaped Miami into the vibrant and dynamic city it is today.

1. Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels

Stephen P. Clark Government Center

Dropped Bowl SculptureThe Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels sculpture outside the Stephen P. Clark Government Center

The Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels sculpture was created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in 1990 for the Miami-Dade Government Center. Commissioned by the Art in Public Places program, the sculpture reflects Miami’s unique culture and tropical fruits, featuring a colorful fiberglass bowl with scattered fruit slices and peels.

 

2. Section of the Berlin Wall 

135-199 NE 3rd St

Berlin WallSection of the Berlin Wall in Downtown Miami at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus

In 1990, when the Berlin Wall was taken down, pieces of the wall were gifted to different cities around the world as a symbol of unity and freedom. Miami was one of the lucky cities to receive a piece of the wall. The 10-foot-tall, 3,000-pound monument stands tall in Downtown Miami, and visitors can see the graffiti-covered concrete slabs that once divided West and East Germany. 

 

3. The Challenger Memorial

Bayfront Park

The Challenger MemorialThe Challenger Memorial outside Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami

In 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded moments after takeoff, killing all seven crew members, including a teacher, Christa McAuliffe. The Challenger Memorial, built in 1987 at Florida International University, honors their sacrifice with seven granite columns, each inscribed with a crew member’s name. Visitors can pay their respects to these brave astronauts who ventured into the final frontier.

 

4. The Henry Flagler Statue

Miami-Dade County Courthouse

The Henry Flagler StatueThe Henry Flagler Statue outside the Miami-Dade County Courthouse

Henry Flagler, a railroad tycoon, developed Florida’s east coast and played a pivotal role in shaping Miami’s infrastructure. The Henry Flagler Statue in Bayfront Park celebrates his contributions and shows him holding a map of Florida in one hand, symbolizing his forward-thinking vision for the state. 

 

5. The Julia Tuttle Statue

Bayfront Park Path

The Julia Tuttle StatueThe Julia Tuttle Statue North of Bayfront Park on Biscayne Boulevard

Julia Tuttle, the “Mother of Miami,” persuaded Flagler in 1891 to expand his railway to Miami, leading to the city’s development. The Julia Tuttle Statue on Biscayne Boulevard depicts her holding an orange, symbolizing Miami’s early citrus industry. The statue reflects Tuttle’s vision and impact on the city’s growth.

 

6. The Miami Bull 

Miami-Dade College Campus

Miami BullThe Miami Bull, crafted in 2022 is located on Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus Miami-Dade Campus

The Miami Bull was crafted by artist Arturo di Modica in 2022 to represent the future of the metaverse and cryptocurrency in Miami. Weighing over 3,000 pounds and towering at more than 15 feet, the Miami bull radiates power and determination, embodying the city’s energetic spirit. The sculpture looms majestically on Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus.

 

7. Dos Grandes  

Miami-Dade College Campus

Dos GrandesDos Grandes is one of the artistic sculptures located on the Wolfson Campus, made by Bill Barrett

Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus is adorned with a variety of sculptures including the renowned “Dos Grandes” by Bill Barrett. This aluminum masterpiece features curvilinear forms intersecting with abstract elements, inviting viewers to contemplate and admire its intricate design. 

 

8. X Sculpture  

Miami-Dade College Campus

X SculptureArtist Ronald Bladen’s famous “X” sculpture makes it’s home in Downtown Miami

Artist Ronald Bladen, a pioneer of minimalism known for his large abstract sculptures, has one of his most famous pieces in his collection right here in Downtown Miami. “The X” is an aluminum structure elaborately shaped like the letter ‘X’ at an impressive height of 23 feet. The sculpture offers a striking visual for admiration and photo opportunities. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate Miami’s cultural and architectural heritage by exploring these iconic landmarks that offer something for everyone and pay tribute to the city’s unique history.



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