Renowned New York City contemporary artist Harif Guzman has announced, in collaboration with TCR.ART, that his new public art installation, entitled The Last Mile, will be on display in Miami’s Little Haiti neighbourhood during Miami Art Week.
A portrayal of the American Dream, The Last Mile is a 9-foot tall and 15-foot wide structure representative of “the wall” between the USA and Mexico. Guzman invites viewers to experience, at an interactive scale, what thousands of immigrants face daily in their quest for a hopeful future and a better life.
Made from steel, cement and cinder blocks, the wall’s materials demonstrate the strength and power in this first obstacle to obtaining the dream. The installation also features an 18-foot wooden sculpture that is representative of the immigrant worker coming across with honest intention. The figure is made from different sizes and types of reclaimed wood, symbolizing the numerous races and nations immigrating to this country. A tunnel is also integrated into the structure, allowing viewers to interact with the piece and experience what it is like to cross this barrier.
“The Last Mile is a representation of the human need to overcome obstacles, grasp opportunities, and provide security for their families,” said Harif Guzman. “There is no political agenda. This wall does not discriminate. Regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, everyone must face and cross this barrier to achieving success, acquire education and fully empower themselves.”
The Last Mile is Guzman’s first major public art installation. It will be on display Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 8 at 5501 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami’s Little Haiti neighbourhood.