One of my favorite local artists – Diana “Didi” Contreras – was invited to create an “urban poster” at NW 2 Avenue and 25 Street in Wynwood for this year’s Miami Book Fair International. As Michael Kaplan, founder of Books & Books, explains, “It’s a beautiful mural done by a graduate of Miami Dade College” which will become this year’s official poster.
The mural, “Three Muses”, was unveiled on October 10th during the Wynwood Arts District’s monthly art walk, and was attended by Miami Dade College President, Dr. Eduard Padron. Miami Herald Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Carl Juste will photograph the mural to create the poster.
For the mural, I came up with three different muses,” Contreras said. “One is African-American, one is Latina, and one is Caucasian — they’re all coming out of the South Beach waters and they’re all surrounded by books. The muses are supposed to inspire reading, knowledge, and empowerment.
Visitors are encouraged to take selfies with the wall and post it with the hashtag #MiamiReads.