On July 6, the Miami Design District unveiled its next art intervention, playing canvas to a massive new mural by Afro-Brazilian artist Taina Lima who goes by the moniker Criola. In Jungle Plaza, where works by Gaetano Pesce, Buckminster Fuller and Jean-Thierry Besins were installed nearby in previous commissions, Criola has painted a 39-foot-tall by 137-foot-wide love letter to Black women. Commissioned by Dacra CEO Craig Robins and Miami Design District director of cultural programming Karen Grimson, the mural—titled Interdimensional Portal—portrays Afro-Brazilian ancestors in ritualistic performance. With its monumental scale, its message about their importance cannot be missed.
Afro-Brazilian Artist Criola Brings New Art to Miami's Jungle Plaza
Titled Interdimensional Portal, Criola's wall-sized mural is a monument to the importance and power of Black women.