New World School of the Arts, Hello Sunshine
New World School of the Arts
Under the direction of renowned ceramicists Carlos Alves and JC Carroll, five students from Florida's New World School of the Arts, created Hello Sunshine, a vibrant and visually striking work of mosaic art.
Beautifying the risers of Aventura Mall’s Courtyard Staircase, the work weaves together elements emblematic of South Florida, including a pink flamingo whose long slender neck and elegant body stretch over seven stairs. Lush tropical foliage, seashells, and bursts of sunlight complete this exuberant and joyful ode rendered in a rainbow of radiant colors.
Artists Cindy Becerra, Rachel Lee, Jon Millan, Elizabeth Newberry, and Melanie Sarria conceived, designed and hand-made the mosaics, transforming a utilitarian staircase into a work of art that is quite literally uplifting and transporting. Interestingly, the piece’s name, Hello Sunshine, begs a question: who or what is being referred to as “sunshine”? Is it the viewer who is climbing the staircase? Or is “hello sunshine” a description of what is occurring in the art as sunbeams peak through flora? Perhaps in fact it’s a bit of both, because to see this piece is to experience a little extra joy in one’s heart.