Art Collection


In addition to changing and major outdoor exhibitions, Pinecrest Gardens has a small collection of art works on display year-round in the Garden. Read more by clicking on the accordions below.

Fragiskos Bitros


Roots Chandelier

F+M FOS is a team of designers from all over the world under the artistic leadership of Fragiskos Bitros, head designer and owner.

"The Roots Chandelier is part of a collection that depicts the natural rooting of trees, anchoring the plant and absorbing nutriment and moisture. It symbolizes the nourishing powers of Mother Earth, a connection to ancestors and the spirit world and a representation of the journey of spiritual growth." - Fragiskos Bitros


Carola Bravo

Deep Roots Map


Deep Roots Map, Donated by Carola Bravo

Carola Bravo is a Miami based artist well known for her immersive video-installations, site-specific installations, urban interventions, and intimate studio artworks that address space, changing territories and their geometry. Bravo has her PhD in Architecture from The Central University in Venezuela. Carola is represented by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery and heads up the hARTvest Project located at Pinecrest Gardens.


Xavier Cortada

Diatom Court

The site-specific ceramic installation by Xavier Cortada at Pinecrest Gardens is dedicated to the scientists who use diatoms to help us better understand South Florida's ecosystems, global climate change and sea level rise. Diatoms are water-bound, single-celled symmetrical organisms encapsulated in silica. They harness the power of the sun to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and are responsible for generating one-third of the air we breathe.  Its shell, all that remains from the diatom that lived in the past, is used by scientists today to see what was as they research crucial environmental issues in the century to come. Scientists—and artists—can determine the past salinity of water by examining the glass shells of diatoms preserved in sedimentary core samples.  Each diatom species has a different salinity preference, so changes in the mixture of fresh and sea water (driven by sea level and changes in water management) can be inferred from past diatom remains. The installation was sponsored by Pinecrest Gardens and Jessica Cortada and unveiled on Earth Day 2018. 


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Longitudinal Installation 

In the South Pole in 2007 and in the North Pole in 2008, Cortada created the Longitudinal Installation. During both visits, Cortada placed 24 shoes in a circle, each aligned across 24 longitudes. He stopped in front of each of his longitudinal shoe markers and read a quote aloud that revealed a person’s experience with climate change from that part of the world. His artistic ritual illustrated how everyone in the world has been profoundly impacted by climate change. The South Pole’s Longitudinal Installation has been replicated as a ceramic sculpture on permanent exhibit at In the Garden at Pinecrest Gardens. This participatory art installation invites visitors to recite the 24 quotes, as Cortada did at both ends of the world.  


Mangrove Mural 

The 200-foot long Mangrove mural and City’s First Urban Mangrove Forest was revealed. In his, socially-charged “Plan(T)” art project, local environmental artist Xavier Cortada embarked on a public education campaign to urge every resident across Miami-Dade County to plant a saltwater-tolerant mangrove seedling and elevation-marked white flag in their yard to start preparing for the future of sea-level rise. The Plan(T) project is part of an overall urban mangrove forestation effort and includes exhibits, eco-talks and mangrove seedling giveaways at Miami-Dade Public Libraries, numerous schools and Pinecrest Gardens’ popular Farmers Market.  The mural was unveiled at Pinecrest Gardens during Art Basel 2019.



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Eco-art Colonnade 

The Eco-art Colonnade, is an interactive 200-foot long eco-art exhibition that is on display at Pinecrest Gardens. The Eco-art Colonnade showcases a collection of Cortada’s most important projects so visitors can learn about critical environmental issues impacting South Florida, participate in a range of ongoing eco-art initiatives, and ultimately discover how they can help to protect people and the planet.


Santiago Medina




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Friendship and Eternity, Donated by Artist Santiago Medina for permanent display in the Sotloff Memorial Garden and the Upper Garden Lilly Pond respectively.

Medina summarizes his artistic passion as “ I bring inert stainless steel to life by creating timeless masterpieces full of light and movement for art lovers”. Since studying at Harvard, Medina has been a pioneer in the innovative use of advanced 3D imaging CT and MRI in the creation of unique sculptures. Therefore, Medina brings powerful artistic expression, technological sophistication and physician sensitivity to his beautiful artwork. Santiago Medina has generously donated Friendship at the site of the Sotloff Memorial Garden. Master sculptor Santiago Medina has Italian stainless steel masterpiece sculptures are at marquee public art venues worldwide.


Alice Pittaluga


La Danse, by Brazilian artist Alice Pittaluga, is an homage to Henri Matisse's painting from 1910.

Ms. Pittaluga was inspired by the dancers from the painting and created these wonderful free flowing sculptures which are located in Pinecrest Gardens' Hammock Pavilion area. This sculpture has been generously donated to Pinecrest Gardens by her husband, Brazilian Diplomat, Carlos Bueno. Pinecrest is home to Alice Pittaluga’s son, Roberto Bueno and his family.


Donald Lee Seiler

Peace Bird

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Reclining Woman



Peace Bird and Reclining Woman, Donated by Ray and Sue Fisher

Donald Seiler was born in Miami Beach and resided in Hardee County for over 20 years giving the community monumental sculptures and site specific forms. Many of his pieces can be viewed as public art throughout Miami include Dante Fascell Park and the University of Miami. Each sculpture Mr. Seiler has created honors life and spirit.


Other Contributing Artists

Daisy the Dog


Mosaic Art Bench


Daisy the Dog and mosaic art bench

Trish Jeselli is a local artist who has been working in oils, acrylics and most recently mosaics. She does two major art shows a year, both in Coconut Grove including The Historic Barnacle Start Park show and the Gifford Lane Art Show. Her artistic philosophy, “I love doing art


Ceramic Art Bench


Tropical Punch

Patsy Rodriguez’s colorful works, both mosaics and murals, can be found in many institutions. She also won an Artist of Merit award in 2015 for her mosaics from the prestigious Arrowmont Tennessee School of Arts and Crafts. Patsy has two studios, one at her home in Palmetto Bay and the other in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Patsy’s mural have been generously donated to Pinecrest Gardens by herself along with The Pinecrest Garden Club and the Garden Fund.