by Scott Cooper
When two security dogs Responded to a suspicious crate before an Art Miami tent opening early Saturday morning, Miami police officers briefly shut down the area for a few hours to investigate the possible threat.
But when they opened up the Offending crate, officers discovered something else instead: a punky portrait of Hillary Clinton at a studded jacket and shaggy pink vest, at a neon picture frame to match.
Fair director Nick Korniloff explained that the two dogs responded to the crate during a pre-show check shortly after 8 a.m., prompting organizers to clear the site. The package was then searched and the painting of the former Democratic presidential candidate was discovered inside.
“We needed to err on the side of caution,” Korniloff said. Both tents finally reopened around 10 a.m.
Hillary” — had been sent using a similar portrait of President Donald Trump (called “Trump Pimp”), depicting him in a zebra-printed hat with a golden dollar-sign chain around his neck. The Trump portrait had already been removed from the crate before the security check.
Were recorded at $4,000 each and offered into a single collector.
The false alarm postponed the Opening of the tent located at One Herald Plaza for dozens of people, including event staff and attendees. After police blocked off a section of Biscayne Boulevard with their cruisers and caution tape, many lingering outside were blocked from entering the region.
As a gray sky threatened rain on Those waiting outside, joggers and other passersby were advised to cross to the north side of 15th Street around the blocked-off area Saturday morning. Miami-Dade Transit also diverted its paths, temporarily closing the Arsht Performing Arts Center Metrobus terminal.
After the delay Saturday morning, Both paintings were hung side-by-side in the Context tent, at a booth for a gallery named Spoke Art based in both New York and San Francisco.
Gallery owner Ken Hashimoto said authorities still were unsure Saturday morning what about the art had caused the dogs to react.
“They don’t have any idea,” he said. “My thought is a Republican bomb dog.”