After being declared an unsafe structure by Miami Dade in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew hit, the Miami Marine Stadium was abandoned, left to crumble and decay. The neglected surrounding wetlands and natural areas of Miami mirror the slow deterioration of the Marine Stadium. If this path of destruction on our habitat continues, it is no surprise that the species living in these habitats will soon disappear. Much like the restoration project of bringing the Miami Marine Stadium back to its former glory, we must also work together to restore and protect the natural habitat of Florida before it disappears.
Russell Beans is a illustrator and printmaker who grew up in South Florida and currently lives in Miami. He takes inspiration from the surrounding wildlife, and the interactions between the remaining wilderness and the expanding urban environment.