MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Art Basel Miami Beach has become a business behemoth for South Florida.
With the art world weeks away from converging on South Florida, every acre of empty land in Midtown Miami is being turned into a tent city, where they expect hundred of thousands to tour temporary art galleries.
In Wynwood, attendees can expect an explosion of street art.
"This is one of four I have to get done before Art Basel, and yes, I am busy," said street artist Krave. "I am making myself run the extra mile because it is such an opportune time."
At 18th Street and Collins Avenue, Chef Tony Mantuano on Monday rushed to open Lorenzo.
"I have attended Art Basel before so I have a pretty good idea of what happens," said Mantuano, chef at Spiaggia, the only four-star Italian eatery in Chicago. "I see how difficult restaurant reservations are, and hotel reservations, so it's going to be really crazy."
Last year, a lunar-looking soccer field built on the beach got big buzz. This year, the same artist is heading to a dilapidated icon on Virginia Key.
At the Miami Marine Stadium, an exhibit called Curiosity will be displayed. A barge will be brought by water and it will look like an iceberg and on top of it -- a Swiss Chalet.