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Michele Oka Doner
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Name:   Michele Oka Doner
Artwork:   Forces of Nature
Medium:   Terrazzo
Size:   3000 sq foot
Year:   2009
Located:   Port Everglades -Atrium



Michele Oka DonerMichele Oka Doner is one of today’s foremost artist-designers, whose prodigious career spans four decades. The breadth of her artistic production encompasses sculpture, furniture, jewelry, public art, and functional objects. All of Oka Doner’s work is fueled by her lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary.

Oka Doner is well known for her numerous public art installations, including “A Walk on the Beach,” at The Miami International Airport (1995-2008) which features nearly a mile of dark terrazzo inlaid with bronze and mother of pearl. Recent work includes collections with Christofle and Steuben Glass as well as public art projects at Rutgers University, the Ocean County Library, both in New Jersey, and the University of South Florida in Sarasota.

Michele Oka Doner's sculpture and functional objects have been acquired by several prestigious museums, among them The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée dés Arts Dècoratifs at the Louvrè, the Virginia Museum of fine Arts, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Among her many publications are two monographs: Natural Seduction published by Hudson Hills Press (2003) examines the broad scope of Oka Doner’s work; and Workbook published by Oka Press (2004), which focuses on blueprints of thousands of cast bronzes for her public projects.

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