Lonely Planet Writer

Check out some kitschy hotel art in Miami before it's gone forever

The end of an era is coming to a popular North American hotel chain, as Super 8 bids a final farewell to its delightfully kitschy art at a display in Miami.

Back in May, the company announced its plans to celebrate the redesign of its rooms by giving away the eclectic art that once adorned its wall at a “hotel art” show in New York.

Now, a brand new set of pieces will be given away during Art Basel, an international art show which brings together leading galleries and acclaimed art from around the world. “When The Art Comes Down: Works from the Super 8 Collection – Miami Edition,” is a final farewell to the last remaining pieces of Super 8’s “not-so-super” art, according to the company, and will be on display for one night only. The event is on 1 December in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood at 2213 NW 2nd Avenue from 7 pm to 10 pm.

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The event will even pay tribute to Florida native Bob Ross – the deceased artist best known for his 1980’s TV series The Joy of Painting and his signature hotel-art style landscapes – with a live demonstration of “how to apply Ross’s Wet-on-Wet technique when recreating ‘hotel art masterpieces’.”


Rooms at Super 8 hotels, of which there are 1800 through the US and Canada, will now have new art that is “hyper-localised, and emits a contemporary, postcard-feel while depicting iconic landmarks and landscapes specific to each hotel”.