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Ellen Harvey's "Atlantis" unveiled at Miami Beach Convention Center

Ellen Harvey's "Atlantis," located in the Grand Ballroom Lobby, is based on a full-size hand-painted design that took the artist over a year to produce, Atlantis is directly inspired by Miami Beach’s inherent connection to the many bodies of water that constitute the larger Florida ecosystem. Visitors to the Miami Beach Convention Center see themselves reflected in a dark watery 1,000 sq. ft. hand-painted design, sand-blasted into mouth-blown glass, filled with ceramic melting color, laminated to glass mirror with a white painting of a diagonal satellite view of Florida reaching from the Bay of Biscayne through the great watershed of the Everglades to Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. As the light changes, the image appears to float above and then be subsumed by the watery reflections, mimicking the intimate relationship between the city and the water table. The mirror is divided into two sections so that visitors enter the new Grand Ballroom at the intersection between the man-made and the natural landscape -- at the border between the Everglades National Park and the outskirts of Miami.