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Yes, Those Unicorns Are Local

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August 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM | by | ()

Look at that adorable critter! No, we're not talking about Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights (although she's pretty darn cute, too). We mean the life-sized mama and baby unicorns who live at the new ELLE Spa at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach.

Now, we have to admit: we spent some time working in this spa for its launch, and no matter what kind of spa-stress was going on (yes, it happens), we were always charmed into a smile when we passed these guys. But beyond that, we had no idea who the unicorns belonged to, and why the hell they were hangin' out. So, we did some investigating and it turns out that, in fact, these unicorns are local.

They are the creations of Paloma Teppa, a local Miami floral designer whose company Plant the Future was responsible for all the greenery at the ELLE Spa.

In addition to the unicorns, Teppa's work incorporates rabbits and foxes and pigs and bears--oh, my! Although mostly, the white sculptures are smaller and placed in arrangements of succulent plants and glass bowls or vases.

If you are tickled pink by these guys post-scrub or facial, you should know that Teppa's Plant the Future studio is in the Wynwood arts district, where you may just be able to scoop up a unicorn of your own. For something more likely to fit in your carry-on and not alarm the TSA, you can head to cool concept store Base on Lincoln Road, which sells some of Teppa's table-top-sized bunnies bearing succulents.

Oh, and to see the ELLE unicorns, you have to book a treatment--since they're beyond the gift shop and locker rooms. But the good news is, it's still Miami Spa Month--at least until August 31!--so you can see them for just $99 plus tax and tip.

[Photos: JustJared]

Archived Comments:


Very Nice Looking. I want to visit this Hotel

Those unicorns look adorable!

Those unicorns look adorable! I am sure that their placement in the spa would bring the creator and the local art scene some needed attention. Using a local piece of art from a local artist would generate buzz for the local art scene as well. Some people might end up tempted to buy one unicorn for themselves.