Struggling for Grandeur
Struggling for Grandeur—a sculpture made entirely of plastic and artificial plants—was conceived as a response to the topiaries found in the formal gardens of Vizcaya. Its title references the parallels between James Deering’s efforts to build something grand in early Miami and Rodriguez’s to imbue her synthetic materials with artistic significance.
Struggling for Grandeur, which was about eight feet tall, was exhibited in the center of the Enclosed Loggia. The artist selected this location for its ornate décor, echoed in the sculpture’s intricate detail, and also for its garden view, creating a dialogue between interior and exterior.
About the Artist
Cristina Lei Rodriguez was born in Miami, where she lives and works. She graduated from Middlebury College and has a master’s in fine arts from California College of Art and Crafts. Rodriguez’s work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries including the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo); the Hessel Museum at Bard College (New York); the Serpentine Gallery (London); Miami Art Museum (Miami); Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami); de la Cruz Collection (Miami); Rubell Family Collection, (Miami); Reykjavik Art Museum (Iceland) and the 2nd Athens Biennale (Greece).