The ReefLine will be a new seven-mile-long underwater public sculpture park, snorkel trail, and artificial reef located off Miami Beach’s shoreline. OMA is collaborating with a team of marine biologists, researchers, architects, and costal engineers to design the project’s master plan and a distinct sculpture within it.
OMA has designed a geometric, concrete modular unit that can be deployed and stacked from South Beach to the north, following the topography of the sea bed. The living breakwater is the connective tissue for the overall master plan and will be punctuated by a series of site-specific installations.
The project will be completed in phases. The first mile is slated to open in December 2021 with permanent installations by Argentine conceptual artist Leandro Erlich and Shohei Shigematsu of OMA. Erlich will create Concrete Coral, an installation that will reframe cars and trucks as new vehicles for environmental change.
OMA/Shigematsu’s sculpture explores the nature of weightlessness underwater. A series of sinuous spiral stairs creates a three-dimensional structure reminiscent of marine life. The organic form provides layered zones for coral reef growth and interstitial spaces for exploration. The stairs rotate around a central forum for underwater gathering and activities.
In addition to the artistic qualities, The ReefLine will also provide a critical habitat for endangered reef organisms, promoting biodiversity and enhancing coastal resilience.