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2010 - current   

3rd Avenue StreetScape Project

projects  Overtown I-95 Installation
located along east side of Miami/Overtown I-95 corridor...

  YouTube video of mural >

1998 - 2008 (disassembled)   

House of Blues Orlando

projects  House of Blues Orlando
Outdoor installation at HOB located in Disney World Orlando, FL

  HOB Orlando link >

1999 - 2002   

The Setai Miami Beach (disassembled or destroyed)

  Construction Site projects  The Setai Miami Beach Construction Site
1996 - still intact   

Art Car

projects  Art Car
"A coup-de-grace. An innate sense of the most formal elements of art. Color and line are handled with seasonal finesse. Balance and unity abound, where images segue from sides to hood, to roof to bumpers, in the smoothest of transition."
Art Beat, Arnold Simon, Critic

Make: Datsun
Model: #411
Designer: Pinan Farina, Italy
Year: 1964 (design), 1967 (release)
I.D.#: RL411-007516
Body: 4 door sedan
Engine: 4 cylinder
Weight: approx. 2,000 lbs.
- length 158"
- height 56"
- width 58"

Comments: Car's exterior treated for rust spots prior to artist painting on it (early 1997). Interior is black vinyl and is in impeccable condition. The engine is in running order however it is in need of new brakes.

The automobile was the centerpiece to Young's One Man Exhibition entitled Paper & Metal which took place March 1997 at The Museum of New Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


1986 - still intact   

MiamiDade Metrorail Installation

projects  MiamiDade MetroRail Installation
Mural - enamel paint over treated surface, 1986
located at Northside Metrorail Station: 3150 NW 79 Street Miami, FL
Growing up near the Northside Metrorail Station, I had the privilege of encountering his massive 1986 mural on a nearly daily basis. Located on the interior of the station’s entrance wall, and is best viewed from the escalators as well as the station’s mid-level platform. The mural is dedicated to the workers who built the Metrorail, and is a fantastic documentation in a unique period of Miami’s urban development. Above the mural is a short horizontal banner featuring human figures walking across, and the expansive space is dynamic and invigorating. Train tracks and concrete columns form vertical and horizontal axes; the painting is overcrowded with trucks, human figures, and horses (symbols of freedom). Overall there exists a frenetic sense of movement amid the muddied colors. While there is no clear destination for one to direct their eyes, there is an undeniable sense of exhilaration. website >

1984 - still intact   

Culmer/Overtown Library Mural/Installation

projects  Culmer_Overtown Library Mural_Installation
Michael Bleichfield Purvis Young with his Mural , "Everyday Life", 1984, Culmer Overtown Branch Library, Miami-Dade Public Library

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1972 - 1975 (destroyed)   

Goodbread Alley

projects  Goodbread Alley
After learning of the "Freedom Walls" created by artists in Detroit and Chicago, Young decided in 1972 to create his own public mural at the intersection of Northwest Third Avenue and 14 Street in Overtown, Miami‘s inner-city. Coined "Goodbread Alley," the installation was visible from the newly constructed Interstate 95, which had all but completely dissected and consequently isolated his community from the rest of South Florida. This remarkably complex work, born of a colossal outpouring of spontaneous creative energy, was directly attached in a collage manner to the sides of three defunct, abandoned buildings (formerly serving to house the Bahamian Baking Industry) which Young managed as superintendent after the industry had moved out and a laundry company had taken its place. The entire project was threatened with destruction in 1975, when HUD condemned the buildings in order to use the site for public housing. Most of the work was lost or destroyed as HUD crews condemned and tore the buildings down. Please contact the gallery for further information about the few select panels which fortunately survived.


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