Seems like the Museum of Ice Cream has a frosty relationship with the city of Miami Beach, Florida. The highly Instagrammable traveling hotspot is reportedly facing $5,000 in fines from the city for creating an environmental hazard via its selfie-friendly rainbow sprinkle pool.
According to The Miami New Times, guests who take a dip in the plastic bead–filled attraction are inadvertently tracking sprinkles outside the museum, where they could be “consumed by small birds, reptiles and marine species.” The Museum of Ice Cream, which had already been issued an initial $1,000 fine, was reportedly fined another $2,000 on Wednesday and again on Thursday. A spokesperson reportedly told the paper that, “we hired multiple cleaners that are working 24/7 to constantly sweep around the building as well as paying extra attention to the waterway entrance, we have already begun the process of creating a biodegradable sprinkle for our Sprinkle Pool that will be implemented in the near future.”
But apparently this isn’t the first time the sweet sensation has run into legal woes. The museum’s second iteration located in Los Angeles (to date, the attraction has also served up scooped itself up to New York City and San Francisco, in addition to L.A. and Miami, with more locations promised to be on the way) faced criticism for similar reasons in October, TMZ reports. TMZ said at the time that the museum was in the process of developing a biodegradable sprinkle, and meanwhile, was encouraging guests to “double shake” before leaving the premises.
Still, maybe think twice before diving headfirst into this sweet, yet salty topping for the ’gram.
The Most Instagram-able Art of 2017
Kusama’s retrospective kicked off its years-long world tour in Washington, D.C., meaning that the Hirshhorn Museum was the first institution visitors were allowed to cover in a seemingly endless supply of colorful dots, proving that the artist’s infinity rooms—which, only a few months later, now have a strict 30-second selfie time limit—are hardly the show’s only Instagram-friendly option.
This fall, the Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte took his last stab at impersonating Eminem, the rapper he bears an uncanny likeness to when he bleaches his hair, at London’s Josh Lilley Gallery. This time around, there was both a larger-than-life Adidas sneaker as well as videos of Da Corte-as-Eminem smoking from homemade bongs with unsettling laughter and covering himself in mustard.
There’s the massive convention center of art that constitutes Art Basel Miami Beach, and then there’s stray art scattered throughout the city, like Suzy Kellems Dominik’s I Can Feel, a 12-foot installation and light show in the lobby of the Nautilus Hotel illustrating an endless loop of 27.68-second orgasms.
Along with the artist Awol Erizku’s photo of Beyoncé announcing her pregnancy came the Beyhive’s strongest showing of fan art ever as each fan clamored to show their creativity, with art historical references ranging from Michelangelo to Botticelli.
The Israeli security barrier in Bethlehem, in the West Bank doesn’t sound like the ideal place for a vacation, but more visitors are flocking than ever now that Banksy has set up his very own hotel, where a monkey bellhop announces that the establishment doubles as an art installation before you even step inside the door.
Though certainly a less obvious spectacle than a giant sphinx made of 40 tons of sugar, Kara Walker’s latest, an exhibition that’s essentially a tapestry of America’s unavoidably racial and often painful history, which the critic Jerry Saltz lauded as “the best art made about this country in this century.”
Just in time for the collectors, dealers, and artists arriving to the Venice Biennale, the sculptor Lorenzo Quinn made his mark on the city by adding a pair of enormous hands emerging from one of its canals as a reminder of the threat Venice faces from global warming.
This summer, MoMA PS1’s courtyard all the way out in Long Island City, Queens, became quite literally the coolest party destination when Jenny Sabin installed a mist-spraying canopy that lit up in rave-like colors at night.