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(Miami, FL) To respect the City of Miami’s COVID-19 safety concerns as stated by Mayor Francis Suarez, the 35th Anniversary of the Big Orange rise will not take place on Thursday, December 31, 2020.
The “Big Orange”, is Miami’s public art traditional countdown centerpiece of the New Year in Miami. It is 35 feet in diameter, 2000 pounds, artistic icon made up of 2,000 LED lights and 400 feet of neon, created by industrial artist Steve Carpenter, a.k.a Mr. Neon, of Miami Vice fame, that rises 400 feet to the top of its downtown home site, the Hotel InterContinental Miami, and shine above the downtown Miami skyline, to ring in a new year, 2021.
This year, The Greater Miami Host Committee, founding producer, Chaired by Monty Trainer, looked forward to the following… What might have been. Beneath the Big Orange, there would have been the traditional NYE laser show with a countdown clock. This year, we planned a Thank You message loop to recognize Health Care Heroes, first responders, and essential workers, with Happy New Year in the languages of our community.
The Big Orange is an official Time Ball of the World and is dubbed “The Times Square of the South”, and is recognized as the official symbol of the State Fruit of Florida.
It is the largest NYE attraction in South Florida has been seen by millions the world over via television, live stream, and social media. It has drawn hundreds of thousands each year locally, and has become an attraction destination for national and international visitors especially from the Caribbean, South and Central America who come to see “La Gran Naranja”.
“For the last three decades, the Big Orange has always been presented. It was all that remained as a part of the Orange Bowl Parade Celebrations, sometime being the only NYE attraction in South Florida, such was the case Post 9/11, when the “Big Orange” became a symbol of Resilience and the “Spirit of America” nationwide. The pandemic is the reason we must salute the family-friendly Big Orange.
It stands as a symbol for positivity, hope, prosperity for a united healthy, happy, and safe New Year” !- Monty Trainer, Founding Chairman, Greater Miami Host Committee
ABOUT THE BIG ORANGE
Thirty-five years ago, the Greater Miami Host Committee, Chaired by Monty Trainer, rose to the occasion with the continuation of the festivities of the Orange Bowl Parade, with the commissioning of a New Year’s Eve time ball attraction. The Big Orange is a vision of Vice Chair, Rosario Kennedy, who had just completed the five million dollar fundraising with Mr. Trainer for the redesign of the Mildred and Claude Pepper Bayfront Park by the 20th Century’s foremost American sculptor, Isamu Noguchi , as an outdoor gathering place which would bring Miami’s families, generations, and diverse ethnic residents and international visitors together for year-round cultural festivals and events, created by then Executive Director, Rodney Barreto, who expanded the concept as a celebration to ignite the same enthusiasm and anticipation as New York’s Times Square “Big Apple” in Miami.
Together with the City of Miami, Bayfront Park Management Trust, Chaired by the City of Miami, Commissioner J.L. Plummer, Jr., now Commissioner Emeritus, The Orange Bowl Committee, and The Hotel Intercontinental Miami as the host site, the Big Orange New Year’s Eve Celebration became a reality.
A year later, the Big Orange, the lighted neon pop art Miami icon was designed by Industrial Artist, Steve Carpenter, (Mr. Neon), whose neon and set designs have been seen in feature films and television specials set in Miami, i.e. “Miami Vice”, “Bad Boys “, “The Fast and Furious” Burn Notice, CSI: Miami , Marley and Me and others.
Big Orange Facts
Miami was dubbed the “Times Square of the South” with a simulcast with the “Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’Eve” Broadcast”.
During the Miami-Dade Millinneum- The Big Orange became an official United States “Time Ball of the World” linked to the United States Naval Observatory Master Clock, in full ceremony with the United States Navy. It was seen by billions on global television in the ABC/PBS Global Special of New Year’s Eve Celebrations around the World.
The Big Orange New Year’s Eve Celebration is described as one of the top ten destination events in the world to ring in the New Year (Number 3), by MSN/USA Today.
Under the Big Orange banner, as “La Gran Naranja”, (the Big Orange translated to Spanish) Miami launched the State of Florida’s Viva Florida 500, the 500 year commemoration of the discovery of Florida by Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon, and his bringing the orange from Spain to Florida that same year.
About Mr. Neon
Steve Carpenter a.k.a Mr. Neon has been working with neon for over 50 years and made neon for hit TV shows such as Miami Vice (5 years), Dexter, Burn Notice, The Glades, American Crime Story, Mira Quien Baila, and many more. He has also created neon for Telemundo, Univision, Channel 7 News, Netflix, and more. His neon has been seen in films to include: The Pest, Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2, The Specialist, The Fast and the Furious 1 & 2, Rock of Ages, and hundreds of music videos for Artists such as Rick Ross, Cardi B, Sean Paul, Nicki Minaj, and Bad Bunny. Mr. Neon opened the first industrial art neon retail store in Miami to sell to the general public. He has over 10,000 pieces for rent to light up an event, music video, store, or home. Industrial arts features fabrication of objects in wood or metal using a variety of hand, power, or machine tools. Mr. Neon was officially recognized as the “Big Orange” artist of note during the 2015 Downtown Miami digital arts initiative, when he further digitally computerized and added 2000 LED lights to the icon.
Although the Big Orange will not rise because of the pandemic-
TIME TO SHINE- MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT!
IN HONOR OF THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIG ORANGE
THE GREATER MIAMI HOST COMMITTEE
THE CITY OF MIAMI
THE HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL MIAMI
BAYFRONT PARK MANAGEMENT TRUST
RISE AND SHINE
SALUTE OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND HEALTH HEROES
WE WISH OUR COMMUNITY
POSITIVITY, HOPE, PROSPERITY, FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND SAFE NEW YEAR 2021!