At this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami 2017, Trump’s face cannot be missed. Whether in the work of Peter Saul or Manuel Ocampo, grotesque caricatures of the U.S. President are everywhere. They use his face as a way to protest the Trump Administration’s policy on immigration, gun control and inequality. But the protest art was expected. What was unexpected was Daniel Knorr’s new sculpture in homage to immigration for Jade Signature, the new luxury condominium tower in Sunny Isles Beach.
In it’s own way the sculpture too shines a light on Trump’s divisive policies but in a way that sparks hope. You see, Daniel Knorr built a snowman. And as Daniel explains it to us, “the figure of the snowman – the good man – the good soul – represents the human being.
“I used the heritage, or the prominence of the people, with the prominence of the stones and put them together to fill the snowman in with content. I decorated the good soul with the stones of the people that come from all over.”Daniel Knor
Daniel Knorr gets it. He understands what makes the United States of America so special.
Knorr decorated his snowman with stones from all over the world, representative of Miami’s global population.
I’m going to build a snowman right on the beach, that will sit on the beach forever and that will never melt.
Before Daniel spoke he received a stellar introduction as a man who makes the impossible possible. “We have over 25 different nationalities in the building, and (thanks to Daniel) every one of those residents have a piece of stone that comes from their nationality.”
Daniel was moved by the introduction. “I have become a part of the dream. The snowman will be a part of the building as a joyful addition.”
Before the ceremony three girls passing by on the beach stood in front of the snowman taking pictures. And I realized he’d created something very special there in Miami Beach.
There for all to enjoy.
Thank you to Valerie Wadlington for conducting the interview.