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New Monuments


What is a monument? The word “monument” comes from the Latin word “moneo” or “monere”, meaning to remind, to advise, to warn. This etymology suggests a monument allows us to see the past thus helping us to visualize what is to come in the future. In 2020, we witness an international debate on monuments, reconsidering who they honor, their purpose and relevance and the validity of continued existence. What if we ponder the notion of impermanence and imagine a temporary monument dedicated to the present?

The Bass is sited in Collins Park, a public park in Miami Beach. There are four existing monuments commissioned by different groups at different times atop stone plinths in the south side of the park. They pay homage to Cuban epidemiologist Dr. Carlos Finlay, Venezuelan political leader Simón Bolívar, Nicaraguan scientist Dr. Luis Henry Debayle and Cuban writer Jose Martí.

Building upon this context and engaging in current conversations, The Bass initiates a new program titled New Monuments by adding a fifth plinth to Collins Park and calling for artists to create a temporary new monument. Who or what should be memorialized on a plinth in Miami Beach, in the United States, or globally? In 2020? For the next five years, this initiative will invite five artists to answer this question with a work of art that will be on view in Collins Park for approximately 10-12 months each. The following open call for artist submissions is for the first year. Subsequent calls will be announced annually. The selection process will be made by the museum’s curatorial team.




• Deadline for submission: September 1, 2020, 5 PM EDT
• Notification date: by October 1, 2020
• Approx install date: March 1, 2021
• Project period: approx 10-12 months


• This call is open to any artist living or working in Miami-Dade County.
• The museum encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) artists.
• The selection process will be made by the museum’s curatorial team.
• One artist will be selected from this application process. Subsequent calls for future projects will be announced annually.


Propose your idea for a work of art, that:
• Fits conceptually with New Monuments (as described above)
• Is made of reasonable materials that will retain integrity outdoors in Collins Park for 10-12 months
• Can anchor to a 24×24 in. base plinth outdoors (don’t worry about engineering yet!)


• Drawing or computer rendering to illustrate proposed monument (jpg, png, or pdf format)
• Statement of 500 words max. about the proposal
• Resume or CV (max 2 pgs.)
• 3-5 images/examples of past work (including title, date, medium, dimensions etc.)
• Application materials must be submitted through the online application below. ​You will receive a confirmation of your application via email upon submitting.


The Bass pays for all costs relating to the selected project including production costs, engineering, installation and maintenance. The selected artist will also receive a $5,000 honorarium. If a duo or group is selected, the honorarium will be divided evenly amongst the group.


1) Is there a fee to apply?
There is no fee to submit a proposal.

2) What is the process after a selection is made?
Once a project has been selected, The Bass team will work with the artist on engineering, materials research, as needed and finalizing proposals. The Bass team will take care of permitting, installation and everything else required to make it happen. The selected work is installed, around March 2021, and we celebrate!

3) What happens when the work is no longer on view?
The selected work is deinstalled by The Bass and delivered to the artist’s home or studio for them to keep.

4) Can we submit the proposal as a duo or group of artists?
Yes, however all artists must be living or working in Miami-Dade County.

More questions?
Please email [email protected].



New Monuments is part of the Knight Art Commissions Program, established with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • Knight Foundation