One of the best things to happen this spring—we know, there are few—is Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The ridiculous Netflix docuseries about a flamboyant zoo owner/politician/internet personality named Joe Exotic (AKA Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage) and the wild and shady characters he associates with have proven to be incredibly compelling TV. And now it’s fodder for a Miami muralist.
Created by Kyle Holbrook, who also painted the Kobe Bryant mural in Overtown, the colorful tribute to Joe and his beloved cat sits at the edge of Wynwood on the corner of Northwest 36th Street and Northwest Fifth Avenue. While Joe might appear to scowl, Holbrook assures that humor is at the heart of the piece. "Hopefully, people will smile [when they see it]," he says. At the very least, looking at the 16-foot portrayal should take your mind off of what’s going in the world. "With everything, we as a city and humans on Earth are going through a serious time, this mural is a little fun distraction," Holbrook adds.
The mural is an extension of the artist’s previous piece with his nonprofit Moving the Lives of Kids Project, which helps expose kids in the community to art. It took 10 hours to paint and is currently slated to remain on display through Art Basel 2020—or until the next internet feline sensation comes around. Whichever comes first.
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