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A Miami Artist Used This 70-Foot Catamaran as a Canvas for a Colorful Art Installation

The vessel-slash-mural will be on display in Miami Beach till Sunday, December 8.

Artist Alexander Mijares and Sunreef Yachts' colorful 70-foot catamaran for Art Basel 2019 Courtesy of Sunreef Yachts

Luxury yachts are often considered to be works of art by their makers, but Sunreef just took that notion one step further. Collaborating with artist Alexander Mijares, the Polish builder has unveiled a vibrant superyacht installation that will appear at this year’s edition of Art Basel in Miami.

Mijares, who is self-taught, is a favorite of celebrities like David Beckham, Pharrell, Kevin Hart and Justin Bieber. In the piece for Sunreef, the artist taken all the dynamic energy of Miami and wrapped it across the hull of the 70 Sunreef Power catamaran. Mijares’s work—titled Pieces of Me—uses the superyacht as a kind of canvas to explore his own Miami roots.

Apropos for an installation on a boat, the piece boasts a ton of movement, as a myriad of shapes juxtaposes with the cat’s clean lines. The color palette spans dark and warm hues that play against the blue ocean backdrop, delivering a kaleidoscopic punch that’s worlds away from a standard-issue white hull. “Miami colors fill my work with energy,” Mijares writes on his website.

Artist Alexander Mijares

Artist Alexander Mijares  Courtesy of Sunreef Yachts

The 70 Sunreef Power belongs to the shipyard’s previous power yacht range, which was replaced by the new 60 Sunreef Power, 70 Sunreef Power, the 80 Sunreef Power—tennis superstar Rafael Nadal snapped up his very own bespoke version earlier this year—and the 100 Sunreef Power. Characterized by its generous floorplan, the 70 Sunreef Power boasts a voluminous hull which gives infinite options when it comes to layout—seafarers can customize to their specific needs. And it doesn’t make for a half bad installation space either.

“Originality is definitely part of the Sunreef DNA. Our crafts and all our endeavors are meant to leave a long-lasting impression. When I heard Alexander Mijares wanted to collaborate with our brand, I immediately agreed, knowing he would come up with a compelling and memorable project. I am happy to have him on board with us for Art Basel,” Sunreef Yachts founder and president Francis Lapp said.


The Sunreef and Pieces of Me will be on display at the Fontainebleau Marina in Miami Beach from Wednesday, December 4 to Sunday, December 8. A tour aboard the floating art installation is available by appointment only.

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