To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Faena Hotel Buenos Aires enlisted Brazilian artist Eli Sudbrack of assume vivid astro focus to create an interactive roller disco art installation inside the Faena Arts Center, much like the outdoor rink he created in 2004 for the Central Park Skate Circle.
From October 11-13, Faena invites the general public to skate and dance through a carnival of psychedelic colors with beats spun by celebrity drag performer and deejay Lady Bunny. The installation commemorates the utopian ideals of community during the 1970s disco era in New York City, which underscores Faena’s commitment to creating vibrant cultural epicenters characterized by freedom of expression and holistic, participatory art experiences.
Ten years ago developer Alan Faena and billionaire Len Blavantnik began transforming the abandoned port area of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, giving soul to the urban enclave with cultural experiences and socially responsible projects that integrate hotels and residences with art spaces, restaurants and entertainment. After a decade of unparalleled success on Faena’s home turf, the pair ambitiously looks north with a hefty budget and grand plans for a handful of blocks along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.
A restored Saxony Hotel will debut mid-2015 as the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach, followed by residences, an arts center, marina and bazaar. Engaging the likes of Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster, the Faena District Miami Beach is poised to ignite another cultural renaissance that balances art, architecture, nature and technology to generate a dynamic neighborhood that redefines the way we live.
Nora Walsh is Travel + Leisure's Latin America correspondent.