Courthouse Sculpture

 

Rhythm of the Train, a unique sculpture by Joan Lehman, has been a part of Miami’s Downtown area since 1988. This massive brushed stainless steel creation was constructed in the area adjacent to the Metrorail tracks just a few years after they were built. The sculpture measures about 29 feet long and 17 feet high at its center peak.

The distinctive feature of this work of art is that it actually is a working piece of art. Joan Lehman intended that the eight arched pieces of steel would create a silent rhythm as the rail cars passed by. Depending on the actual speed, movement, and “rhythm” of the train; the different elements of the sculpture actually come alive.

It’s no wonder this amazing piece of artwork is considered to be the highlight of this slowly dying piece of Miami. Large numbers of homeless people can be found in this area on a daily basis causing this particular part of the city to be considered undesirable.

courthouse sculpture

 

The Miami-Dade Cultural Center is not far from the location of the Rhythm of the Train. In fact, it is often used as a landmark by anybody trying to find

their way to the center. The Cultural Center is the connecting point of the Miami Art Museum, the Historical Museum of Southern California, and the

Miami-Dade Public Library. The Miami Art Museum (MAM) was founded in 1996 after the city was in dire need of a replacement for their closing Fine

Arts Center. Since that time, MAM has been offering some of the most magnificent presentations in contemporary art that Miami has seen in decades.

Due to the overwhelming success of MAM over the years, the Miami-Dade City Council has decided to move the facility to a new location along the developing Biscayne Bay.

The Historical Museum of Southern California (HMSC), a large building in close proximity to MAM, is one of the largest museums in the U.S.

The entire history of Southern Florida and the Caribbean is told through a permanent exhibition called Tropical Dreams. This is an amazing account of

the past 12,000 years of the area’s history. The last building in the Center is the Miami-Dade Public Library. This is the Main Library of the 41 regional libraries that being utilized throughout the county. It is estimated that an average of 8 million books are borrowed out amongst the residents of Miami-Dade every year.

Hopefully with all of the improvements being made around the city, this part of Miami doesn’t get left behind. This once thriving part of Downtown Miami is slowly starting to fall apart and look like a homeless shelter rather then a place of learning.