(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- With the assistance of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, funding was generated for a new Public Art Sculpture to be installed at the Kendall Soccer park. Through the Art in Public Places (APP) program, the Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department along with the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs will come together on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM to celebrate the installation of a 30 feet sculpture created by Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova at the Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127th Avenue Miami, Florida. Rodriguez-Casanova, a Miami-Based artist, titled the piece September Trophy, which pays homage to the spirit of sportsmanship of soccer.
The idea for public art comes from Senator Javier D. Souto. “This important sculpture, by a Miami artist, symbolizes the significance and spirit of the sport of soccer in our community. I am proud that it will serve as an artistic beacon for the Kendall Soccer Park and an icon for all of the talented players who use this extraordinarily popular park,” said Commissioner Souto.
“As I thought about the project, it became more and more obvious that a combination between a monument like Colonne de Juillet and a typical trophy would be perfect. This cross between this glorious monument and a small keepsake like a junior league trophy seemed to reverse and increase the importance of the minor. The amplification of the small prize-like statue to the size of a large monument pays homage to the importance of the Kendall Soccer Park in this community,” states Rodriguez-Casanova.
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova (b. 1973 Havana, Cuba) immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1980 during the Mariel boat lift. He currently lives and works in Miami. He attended the Ringling School of Art and Design and the New World School of the Arts where he was awarded the Frances Wolfson Endowed Visual Arts Scholarship, and has completed residencies at the Capri Palace in Capri, Italy in 2009 as well as the Vermont Studio Center in 2007. In 2011 he attended the artist-in-residence Ville de Paris-Cultures France program at the Centre international d’accueil et d’échanges des Recollets in Paris.
Rodriguez-Casanova has exhibited throughout the US and abroad in numerous exhibitions including: The Fabric of a Space, SITE95, Abrons Arts Center, New York; Una Mirada Multiple: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Site Specific, Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale; Come Together, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach; An Uneven Floor, Locust Projects, Miami; You might sleep but you will never dream, David Castillo Gallery, Miami; An Inaccessible Gazebo, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York and InPractice, Sculpture Center, New York.
His work has been featured in various publications including ArtNews, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Arte al Dia, Art Nexus and the Miami Herald to name a few. He is in the public permanent collections of CIFO: The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, FIU and the Bass Museum of Art as well as in several private collections throughout the United States and Europe.
Rodriguez-Casanova has received several grants and fellowships including the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual & Media Arts; a Cintas Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts; a Ville de
Paris-Cultures France fellowship and a Reed Foundation Fellowship.
He is currently one of the co-directors of Dimensions Variable, an artist run exhibition space in Miami. In the past he was the co-founder of Box, an exhibition space in Miami that functioned from 1997 to 2003. He is currently working on upcoming projects in Reykjavik, Paris and London.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Souto’s office at 305-375-4835.
Editor’s Note: Artist biography and high-res images are available upon request.