“Airball” Is Anything but as Snarkitecture Wins Again
If you ask anyone that knows me, there was only one must-see installation on my list before heading to Miami for Art Basel, and ironically it was created by two guys from Brooklyn
who travelled the same 1,100-plus miles I did. Airball, the basketball-inspired brainchild of Snarkitecture's Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, encompasses the fifth level of South Beach's 1111 Lincoln Road carpark, which was designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in 2010. And if the surroundings look familiar, perhaps it's because they're the same firm that designed the recently opened Pérez Art Museum Miami.
The installation consists of an all-white elevated arena in which visitors can compete side-by-side in the ultimate game of Pop-A-Shot--with custom Airball basketballs, of course. And if hoops isn't for you, Lincoln Road boutique Alchemist commissioned a handful of artists and designers (Kehinde Wiley, Rick Owens, New York Sunshine, Hall of Fame, and many others) to create a capsule collection of collaborative products available while supplies last.
Airball runs through Dec. 7.
Photos by Noah Kalina