Modern design, contemporary architecture, dreamy views paired with exceptional art pieces, soft yet powerful background music, a beautiful audience, lots of positive energy and a fresh sea breeze. This exactly describes the feeling a guest had, attending last week’s inauguration event, while entering through the chic gates of Bal Harbour’s latest luxury residential development: Oceana Bal Harbour, created by none other than the Argentinian art mogul and real estate developer Eduardo Costantini.
“My philosophy in real estate as well as in collecting art is to have the best. In all of my projects, prime location, five-star service, innovative design and the latest technology are all a must,” said Eduardo Costantini, Chairman of Consultatio Real Estate and founder of MALBA in Buenos Aires, arguably the most impressive Latin American modern art museum. He curated the all-star team of architects and interior designers for the project, including Piero Lissoni, Enzo Enea and Bernardo Fort-Brescia.
Koons, a great visionary and currently the world’s most renowned contemporary artist, was the guest of honor at Oceana Bal Harbour’s stunning event for the unveiling of the residence’s museum-worthy art collection as part of the condominium’s debut during Art Basel Miami Beach 2016.
The collection—which consists of paintings, sculptures, installations and objects—was curated by Costantini himself and comprises abstract, conceptual and site-specific commissioned pieces. The entire collection will become a shared asset of the Oceana Bal Harbour residents.
(Oceana Bal Harbour has 240 units, which range in price from $3 to $30 million. The tower is surrounded by 5.53 acres of land with 400 feet of pristine beaches. The artful complex boasts resort-style five-star amenities, including 24-hour concierge services, a world-class spa, private cabanas, pools for fitness and relaxation with poolside restaurant, a grand salon with chef’s kitchen and bar, kids activity room, cinema, underground as well as valet parking, and more.)
One reason for Jeff Koons’ appearance, for sure, was the inauguration of his multimillion-dollar, larger-than-life sculptures “Seated Ballerina” and “Pluto and Proserpina,” which were brought to the complex by Costantini and are permanently located at Oceana Bal Harbour as part of the new luxurious project.
I had the chance to interview Koons and Costantini at Art Basel Miami:
Mr. Koons, you envisioned the “Seated Ballerina” and “Pluto and Proserpina” years ago. How do you feel seeing the finished sculptures today here at Oceana Bal Harbour?
When I created the “Seated Ballerina,” I didn’t realize how special she was going to be after I went through the process of making her and then experiencing her when she was finished. This is the first time that I created a stainless-steel sculpture in multiple colors (my sculptures are usually mono-colored, as is “Pluto and Proserpina”). With time, both sculptures became special works of art. They look different from every perspective, at sunrise or sunset, reflecting the ocean and the sky… Both sculptures reflect differently. That’s what makes them so special. They can be discovered new every day.
Is this a place you would have imagined becoming a home to your sculptures?
Oceana Bal Harbour is a unique place. As unique as Eduardo Costantini’s work and his taste for art. Seeing the “Seated Ballerina” and “Pluto and Proserpina” here at such a beautiful place reminds me of the feeling I had when I showcased my exhibition at the Palace of Versailles. Very special. With the reflections of water, contemporary architecture and sea at different times of the day, the sculptures emphasize the passage of time and continuously redefine themselves new. This is the inspiration that Eduardo Costantini wants to bring to Oceana Bal Harbour and I am proud that my works are part of it.
Mr. Costantini, why did you choose the “Seated Ballerina” and “Pluto and Proserpina” by Jeff Koons to be showcased at Oceana Bal Harbour?
I have a huge respect for Jeff Koons and his work. We had the honor of exhibiting some of his works at the MALBA with great success, so we continued to work together and to bring two of his sculptures to Oceana Bal Harbour. With “Pluto and Proserpina” and the “Seated Ballerina” he created a vision of the past and brings it into the future: his art works are strong, beautiful and recognizable. First we could not decide on which one to choose, so in the end we made an extra effort and bought both. These two sculptures are the soul of the complex and shall bring the values of happiness, hope and inspiration to those who see and experience it, day by day.
The collection, located in the residence’s north and south lobbies, is composed of masterworks by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists Jeff Koons, Callum Innes, An Te Liu, Jorge Mendez Blake, Taryn Simon, Juan Usle and Garth Weiser.