Well-known for its bright, multi-colored facades, the Caribbean island of Cura\u00e7ao is ripping out a page from its own playbook and making a splash in Miami with a larger-than-life mural in the heart of Wynwood. Inspired by the eclectic street art that has emerged over the last two years in the nation\u2019s capital of Willemstad, the Cura\u00e7ao Tourist Board (CTB) enlisted the help of established creative and local Cura\u00e7aoan, Sander Van Beusekom, to design and paint an original piece that will be displayed in Wynwood in anticipation of Art Basel 2019. The brainchild of Van Beusekom and the CTB team, the 40\u2019 x 18\u2019 mural off Northwest 24th Street serves as a play on the island\u2019s global branding campaign. The vibrant colors \u2013 a kaleidoscope of sunny yellow, sky blue, tangerine, indigo and fuschia \u2013 draw directly from CTB\u2019s style aesthetic, while the graphics represent the best that Cura\u00e7ao has to offer, from its friendly locals to its slashy marine life. The piece, entitled \u201cTickle Me Cura\u00e7ao,\u201d highlights a fun-loving and stylish Cura\u00e7aoan woman tickling the underbelly of a parrotfish, a rainbow-colored creature that dwells in the island\u2019s 65+ dive sites. A closer look, however, reveals a background reminiscent of Cura\u00e7ao\u2019s iconic historical buildings and the Queen Juliana Bridge, the tallest bridge in the Caribbean. The blue hues of the backdrop and the woman\u2019s star-shaped earnings are a further nod to the ABC Island and the national flag. \u201cWe are always seeking creative ways to push the envelope and put Cura\u00e7ao on the global stage,\u201d said Pennicook. \u201cWith nonstop airlift on American Airlines out of Miami International, South Florida has always been one of our top geographic markets. Marrying the our emerging art scene with one of Miami\u2019s most prominent events seemed like a natural fit.\u201d Born and raised in Cura\u00e7ao, Van Beusekom is one of several local artists credited with breathing new life into Cura\u00e7ao\u2019s Scharloo and Pietermaai districts with their oversized murals splashed against the city\u2019s streets. Van Beusekom, along with his sister and project manager Nicole, run BLEND Creative Imaging, a forward-thinking art and graphic design company that dabbles in illustration and animation. Van Beusekom was one of the founders of Street Art Skalo, an organization whose mission is to beautify the Scharloo area of Cura\u00e7ao and to showcase the island\u2019s local talent. His piece behind the Cura\u00e7ao Maritime Museum, a father and son out for a day of fishing, is one of the most Instagrammed pieces of street art on the island. \u201cEveryday I feel inspired by Cura\u00e7ao\u2019s residents, by its colors, and by the island\u2019s natural beauty, and have always felt compelled to showcase those aspects in my art,\u201d said Van Beusekom. \u201cHaving the opportunity to create a Cura\u00e7ao mural and put the destination on a global stage is something I could have only dreamed about." The Wynwood project began in early November and took approximately two weeks to complete. \u201cTickle Me Cura\u00e7ao\u201d will be on display throughout Art Basel (Dec. 5-8) and onward through the end of January.