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My Miami: Elizabeth Withstandley

The artist, film-maker and the co-founder of Locust Projects, Miami shares her favourite spots

Elizabeth Withstandley

One museum I always visit: When Locust Projects began in 1998, we rented a warehouse in Wynwood so that we would be near the Rubell Family Collection. It’s one of my favourite art collections in the US.

A “secret” Florida art venue: Coral Castle in Homestead [the stone sculptures, below, built by the eccentric Edward Leedskalnin] is an installation from a different era. There is something so intriguing about people who need to create something and spend their lives doing it.

My favourite place to eat: The Last Carrot in Coconut Grove makes the best veggie pitta sandwich around, with an amazing dressing that makes me wish I lived a bit closer.

My favourite place for a drink: Fox’s Lounge on US1 in South Miami. It has a dark, vintage 1960s-looking lounge that you can get lost in and sit unnoticed among a blend of local folk and a few University of Miami students.

My favourite leisure activity: Miami has a great number of thrift stores that have ­unbelievable treasures in them. Florida became an oasis for old people and they live on in the thrift stores.

Stone sculptures built by the eccentric Edward Leedskalnin at Coral Castle in Homestead
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