Have you ever been shocked into stillness by a work of art? As someone who is rarely shut up by anything, walking into FAENA in Miami South Beach and being confronted with the work of Juan Gatti was something of a spiritual experience for me. The walls are adorned with his work, which are giant, Michaelangelo-esque murals that celebrate the meeting of man, mind and the immortal. I woke up early and spent a couple of morning studying the paintings, looking at all the clues and secrets buried in his artworks. They are breathtaking to behold, stretching from floor to ceiling. Each one deserves a cup of coffee and thirty minutes of your time, at least. And silence. You'll have seen FAENA in countless Vogues - the pool, the bar, the wallpaper forms the backdrop to some of fashion's edgiest shoots - but arriving there is something else. You don't want to leave. And I haven't even gotten to the golden Damien Hirst mammoth yet - that is for another post.
FAENA is an arts institution in Miami. They have colonised the South Beach area with a love and championing of creativity that is inspiring and cult-like. If you're ever in the Florida area, and the arts is your scene, this is one place you have to head to. You'll find plenty of like-minded people drawn to it for exactly the same reason. Bonus is that it's right on the beach, where the water is warm and a boardwalk stretches for miles- perfect for running and a refreshing swim afterwards.