The James Royal Palm features a carefully-curated art collection, “An Ocean Apart”, by Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio, which includes a selection of pieces created specifically for the property; and an Artist in Residence program. In addition, through a strategically selected menu of partnerships with local art institutions, guests can benefit from specially-created programs that appeal to travelers from all walks of life
The curatorial statement for “An Ocean Apart”, written by Lauren Rottet, describes the collection of art purchased for and displayed within The James Royal Palm. It refers to the unique micro-culture found within Miami—the confluence of American, European and Latin American cultures, all of whom are unified by the lure of the ocean and the coastal culture found within the city. This private collection of paintings, photographs, prints, furniture and a specially-commissioned “art game” is spread among 200,000 sq. ft. of guestrooms and 70,000 sq. ft. of public spaces.
Artists chosen as part of this collection are both local to Miami and internationally-based, and include Slim Aarons, Loriel Beltran, David Drebin, Michael Dwek, Vincent Laforet, Portia Munson, Gavin Perry, Alex Prager and Carrie Sieh. A key part of the overall collection is a selection of original “day paintings” which hang in the guestrooms. Created by seven up-and-coming artists —Toa Casetellanos, Audrey Gair, Patricia Gutirrez, Bethany Kalk, Evan Rottet, Joanna Silver and Liza Silvestre—these “day paintings” are the quick, spontaneous exercises each painter executes to start their day of work and perfectly encapsulate the free, breezy style of Miami. Each of the four artists was asked to consider the subject of “The Bather” when beginning their work, ensuring that each of the 150 original “day paintings” has the concept of socializing in the water as its theme.
The public areas also benefit from Rottet’s artistic vision. Art commissioned for The James Club, the bar area within the lobby, are examples of interactive art. For example, the sofas have works of art printed directly onto the upholstery. Also in this area of the hotel is a memory game created by artist Troy Stanley in collaboration with Lauren Rottet. Comprised of a series of “bridges” and two-way mirror boxes, this interactive memory game includes cubes that light up and change color as they are moved around the game board. This ensures that each time a guest plays with the game, the piece itself changes and becomes something new for the next player.
The most interactive artistic element at The James Royal Palm is a result of the Cultural Collection. Chosen to reflect the variety of cultural offerings available to visitors to Miami, a list of strategically-selected local partners – Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), New World Symphony and Young Arts – were selected to participate in the program.