Today would have been Tony Goldman’s birthday. He passed away on September 11, 2012. Tony and his company, Goldman Properties, is very well known in real estate and art circles. He was a driving force in Miami’s South Beach and Wynwood neighborhoods, as well as in SoHo, New York. In Wynwood, he is particularly loved for his protection and encouragement of street art; and there are many tributes to him here. One of those is Tony’s Oasis, a small garden designed by artist Kenny Scharf and located at 2219 NW Second Avenue.
Most of the year, the garden is protected behind sturdy green iron gates, but it is occasionally open to the public – especially around Art Basel week. In honor of Tony Goldman’s birthday, here is a photo tour of Tony’s Oasis.
The garden sits nestled between three buildings in the middle of the Wynwood neighborhood revitalized by Tony Goldman. He had already discussed turning this space into a park, so following through with the oasis in Tony’s honor was a natural choice for his family and friends.
The garden is a riot of tropical trees, flowering plants and tall grasses. Scharf said he wanted to evoke the feeling of Florida’s Everglades. From the street, there is a glimpse of Kenny Scharf’s famous 1960’s Airstream trailer.
The garden also includes an almost classical fountain providing a spot of serenity in the middle of the informal plantings and Scharf’s vibrant, zany murals.
Without knowing the history of Tony Goldman and his long-time friend, Kenny Scharf, this vintage Airstream trailer might look oddly out of place. In truth, it is the heart of this oasis. The piece that ties everything else together – the classic and the chaotic.
It was also Goldman’s idea for Scharf to transform the trailer into one of Scharf’s “Cosmic Caverns.” Nearly every inch of the interior (reportedly even the previous occupant’s abandoned belongings) is covered with some much glow-in-the-dark paint that the colors vibrate.
Add black lights and disco music, and it is a mini recreation of Scharf’s East Village days in the 1980’s.