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New Lebo mural in Miami Beach


The ‘Welcome To Miami Beach’ mural by David Le Batard

Today, November 10, the magnificent artist David “Lebo” Le Batard will complete the largest art mural approved by the city of Miami Beach at the historic Roosevelt Theatre. The mural is located at 770 Arthur Godfrey Road, Miami Beach, FL 33140. The ‘Welcome To Miami Beach’ mural will serve as a welcoming landmark to locals, tourists, and art lovers from around the globe.

About design

Lebo used a vintage postcard theme for the design of the mural, that pops on the luxuriant tropical background that is naturally present at the Roosevelt Theatre wall. This mural warmly greets guests and residents reading ‘Welcome To Miami Beach’ with a cheerful sun.

It's all about symbols inside the meaning of the Lebo mural elements. He chose to paint a monk parakeet on the opposite side of a night jasmine blossom, a fragrant tropical flower native to South Florida. The monk parakeet is itself a visitor to South Florida and has been a resident since 1969.

 A big reason I chose to highlight the Monk Parakeet for this project is its unique nature as a tropical species. Not only can their distinctive squawking be heard throughout the area, but you can also see their family nests located in palm trees all around Miami Beach, stated Lebo.

Below the parakeet is a stylized wave pattern inspired by the Art Deco movement, another trademark of Miami Beach. The lifeguard stand also captures another of the city’s highlights with its delightful one-of-a-kind feel, as it stands dotting the Atlantic.

I wanted to bring a mural to Miami Beach to show a different aspect of the city in the form of nature for residents and guests, explained Lebo.

The mural will also serve to revitalize and bring more traffic to one of main entrances of Miami Beach as well as the historic Roosevelt Theatre.

Millions of people visit Miami Beach each year. Our city is known for its rich cultural diversity, its festive lifestyle, and unique appreciation of art and style. Lebo’s mural compliments perfectly each aspect of the city, and we are excited to have this exclusive piece of art at the entrance of our beautiful city, stated Roosevelt Theatre Property Manager, Mendel Garfinkel.

About Lebo

David Le Batard, also known in the art world as Lebo, works in a wide spectrum of creative mediums including murals, paintings and sculptures. Lebo is the creator of Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism, a combination of cartoon imagery, richly saturated balances of color and unique linear composition brought together in a narrative style to inspire emotion and create layers of meaning. Born to Cuban parents, Lebo was raised in South Florida. He quickly became one of the most well-respected artist out of Miami. Lebo’s art can be found all over the world, in private collections and in corporate partnerships including Norwegian Cruise Lines, Harley Davidson, Gibson Guitars, Google, Microsoft, Red Bull, Bacardi and Ferrari.

If you want to see more of his art work, you can visit his studio in Miami Beach or visit his website.

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