Louisville Hotel Shines Light on Art

A shiny Plymouth—navy blue with a creamy-yellow top—sits parked on the sidewalk outside a hotel at the corner of 7th and Main in downtown Louisville, KY. It boasts a shiny polish, as if it just came off an assembly line, even though it’s a 1950 Special Deluxe bearing license plates from Cuba. Missing all four tires, it rests atop a number of strategically placed, sculpted legs and feet. Called “The Raft,” this is a unique work by Cuban artist Armando Marino that almost anywhere else outside Havana would appear strikingly out of place. Yet here, outside the 21c Museum Hotel, it fits right in. “Certainly art hotels exist, [but] we have to always remember this is a museum that—oh, by the way—happens to have hotel rooms and a restaurant,” says Managing Director Craig Pishotti. Click here to read the full story.

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