Turn up the Sound, Scent and Sights at Bal Harbour Shops

By Tali Minor

Turn up the Sound, Scent and Sights at Bal Harbour Shops

Artist Reyna Noreiga smiles for a photo

Artist Reyna Noriega pictured at Bal Harbour Shops where she will soon unveil her largest illustrated project to date.

This winter, Bal Harbour Shops invites you to engage in a sensorial experience engaging sight, sound and scent. The three-part program begins in the central courtyard with a floral installation by celebrated floral artist Sandra de Ovando, who is weaving hundreds of purple Vanda orchids framed within bamboo floral stems to create a 16-foot living sculpture that will grace the courtyard from November 30 through January 3.

From there, follow the brilliant murals by Miami-based artist Reyna Noriega, who has adorned the south side of the Shops with her vivid, whimsical illustrations that tell stories inspired by her culture and experiences, in which women can recognize themselves, feel represented and empowered. This commissioned installation is her largest project to date and will adorn the barricade walls being installed in phases on levels one through three.

Purple Vanda orchids

Sandra de Ovando will install a massive floral sculpture made from Vanda orchids.

Music and audio enthusiasts may want to beeline to the second level Sculpture Garden, where Oswalds Mill Audio founder Jonathan Weiss brings his exquisite “Museum” horn-speaker system to Bal Harbour Shops to create a sonic landscape like no other. Originally commissioned by the Guggenheim, the “greatest audio equipment in the world” will be installed at Bal Harbour Shops from November 30 through December 23, during which time an array of hifi programming will be presented.

Over the course of Art Basel week guest DJ’s will take over the turntables—including Dante’s Hifi co-founder DJ Rich Medina—and in the weeks that follow, vintage vinyl and contemporary records will be played like never before via a lineup of DJ sets by an international roster of artists; a selection of “curated bins of vinyl” from cultural tastemakers and access to an exquisite library of records that will change the way you perceive music. “Listening to a song you know by heart on one of OMA’s speakers is transcendent,” says Sonic Sculpture curator Anthony Hall. “The layers of sound suddenly reveal themselves, and you’re hearing the song like it’s the first time, creating an emotional experience through sound that is truly awe inspiring.”

Large speaker from Oswalds Mill Audio

OMA’s Museum Speaker.

Technics turntable from Oswalds Mill Audio

Technics turntable on a custom OMA plinth.

Another highlight of the installation includes “Special Request Saturday,” where guests have the opportunity to hear their favorite song played on these epic speakers, which promises to be an audio experience like never before.

The Sonic Sculpture installation is being presented in collaboration with Soundlux Audio, Miami’s premier hi-fi audio showroom.


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Thank goodness it’s Fleurs de Villes day. Starting Friday, March 1 and running through March 10, our annual fresh floral showcase returns for a stunning celebration of women. Don’t miss Bal Harbour Shops’ very own floral mannequins inspired by fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and artist Yayoi Kusama. Click the link in bio for full details.
It’s our most beautiful time of year. Get ready for the return of Fleurs de Villes on March 1 as our brand-new exhibition, ARTISTE, takes over Bal Harbour Shops for 10 stunning days that will showcase 25 fresh floral mannequins and flower displays created by Miami’s preeminent floral designers. Click the link in bio for full details.