Even without its light on, this lighthouse would get a ship’s attention — and with its light on, it might attract a party instead. That’s what came to mind when I read about a new piece of public — though, apparently, “useful” — art by German artist Tobias Rehberger.
It’s a 55-foot-tall multi-colored aluminum sculpture of a sort-of deconstructed lighthouse that has a multi-colored, multi-flashing disco-type light in its dome rather than the usual white oscillating light. It sits in a park on Government Cut in Miami Beach that cruise ships float by. If it were in California, I might think it was about to collapse in an earthquake, as its verticality is irregular, sort of like a pile of rings that just doesn’t stack up right.
“Stayin’ Alight,” Jenny Brown’s piece in the November 2011 issue of ARTnews, quoted Mr. Rehberger’s inspiration: “I was working with the idea that a lighthouse is always striped and what what happens if you move the rings out of the axis. It looks like a sausage with the slices pushed out.”