Vik Muniz and His Band of Brazilian Child Artists Design Decor for Louis Vuitton's New Miami Location

Vik Muniz and His Band of Brazilian Child Artists Design Decor for Louis Vuitton's New Miami Location
New York-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz's take on the Louis Vuitton logo for the opening of the Miami boutique in Aventura Mall
(Photo by Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com)

To mark theopening of Louis Vuitton's Miami boutique in Aventura Mall, the French fashionhouse invited New York-based Brazilian artist Vik Muniz to re-imagine itsiconic LV logo.

Muniz — whose work with Brazilianlandfill workers was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Wasteland" — created a three-dimensional wooden sculpture composed of 23 Louis Vuittonlogos atop a single base. The artist covered the pieces with printed canvasfull of colorful drawings made in collaboration with students from theBrazilian non-profit organization Spectaculu, which educates at-risk youth inarts, design, and photography. Louis Vuitton made a donation to Spectaculu inhonor of the store's opening.

Louis Vuitton enthusiasts will findthe luxury label's full line at the Aventura Mall, including ready-to-wear,shoes, accessories, and watches at the temporary location, which will serve asthe retail outlet's home until the permanent space opens in fall 2012.

A regular patron of the arts, LouisVuitton also initiated the Young Arts Project a three-year art and educationprogram dedicated to giving young Londoners access to curators, artists, andcollectors — in partnership with London's Hayward Gallery, Royal Academy ofArts, South London Gallery, Tate Britain, and Whitechapel Gallery.

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Correction: The original article incorrectly stated that the Aventura Mall was located in Miami's Design District.

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