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Bo Droga: Miami Dominoes and Other Art Forms

Bo Droga:  Miami Dominoes and Other Art Forms

 

Introduction to Bo Droga.  1:13 min. Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Producer:  REWS Miami and ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.  Editing & Production:  Leticia Cobas.

 

BO DROGA is an Australian artist whose career spans over two decades and three continents.  He has lived, worked and exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Fiji, London, Paris, New York, and more recently in Miami. Droga’s sculptural artworks stem from his strong interest in urban landscapes and how order and chaos converge in urban developments. Droga’s work constantly changes depending on the site, time, and materials. Sometimes he plays with contrasting themes, using positive and negative effects; other times his work is subtly integrated into the environment. His work is mostly site specific and developed after much consideration of the space and the environment in which his creations will reside. After winning an Ellies Award from Oolite Arts in 2018, Droga and his volunteer team used the trompe l’oeil technique and painted large dots on both sides of 56 concrete pylons supporting the Miami-Dade County Metrorail, near the University of Miami train station. They transformed 18 foot tall concrete slabs into dominoes, each pylon requiring a full day of painting by a team of seven. Droga says the response from the public has been overwhelming and inspiring. “People honk their horns, wave their thumbs up, and come over to comment on the artwork. Miami Dominoes transcends all boundaries of age, gender and culture. Dominoes is a game that’s been taken out of the cupboard into the public arena.” Bo Droga’s Miami Dominoes was recently selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to form part of the Bloomberg “Asphalt Art Initiative.’ The project showcases 26 influential artworks from all around the world that have successfully incorporated art on city streets and public infrastructure.

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MIAMI DOMINOES:  3:05 min.

Miami Dominoes.  Producer:  REWS Miami and ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION 1:59 min.

Where did you grow up and what was your first awareness of art of any discipline?

 

VALUES FIRST-RATE EDUCATION:   1:47 min.

Where did you go to school, and what did you learn that still informs you today?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE AUDIENCE’S PERSPECTIVE:  2:20 min.

How did growing up in Australia influence your work?

 

CREATIVE FLEXIBILITY:  7:00 min.

When did you first come to the United States? How did being in the U.S. influence your work?

 

PERSEVERANCE FURTHERS:  3:12 min.

Talk about the Miami Dominoes project.

 

RESILIENCE:  1:30 min.

Did you ever consider doing a midnight gorilla operation?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES: 3:23 min.

How much time have you spent watching people interact with your work?

 

DEVELOP A VOICE:   2:01 min.

Who are your role models and influencers?

 

OPEN TO CHANGE, FLEXIBILITY:   1:15 min.

What are your criteria for taking on a project?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  0:37 sec.

What are you working on now?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  2:25 min.

What role should a university play in the development of artists?

 

UNDERSTANDS ARTISTS’ NEEDS:  1:13 min.

What skills and behaviors do you think are most valuable for being an effective artist?

 

CRITICAL THINKING:  0:57 sec.

What is your favorite movie?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  0:26 sec.

Which pieces were most successful for you and why?