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Funding for the projects below is through private fees associated with the Art in Public Places program.

Art Week & Beyond in Coral Gables


Installations at Coral Gables City Hall, Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables Museum

End of November, 2017 through January, 2018

Gallery Talk with Dr. Carol Damian, Friday, December 1, 5:00 pm, Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave.

World renowned, master artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, has been recognized for his focus on ephemeral interventions in urban spaces through the use of color spectrums to create illusionary effects and new chromatic environments.

Recognized by Art Basel Miami, the City of Coral Gables will showcase elements of Cruz-Diez works throughout downtown Coral Gables, including City Hall and the Coral Gables Museum.

Cruz-Diez Banner rendering at City Hall

Image courtesy of Atelier Cruz-Diez

Thirteen banners will be hung between each of the columns in front of City Hall, and eight crosswalks will be painted with original designs specifically done for this project. The pedestrian walkways will be used as an arrowhead to guide the public through the streets of the city leading up to the Coral Gables Museum, where photographs of the artist’s installations will be displayed. The outdoor chromatic environments will be on view from the end of November, 2017 through the end of January, 2018.

Following the successful 2016 collaboration with Art Basel, Coral Gables Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli sought out master artist Carlos Cruz-Diez for a public exhibition of his work. 

With the strong support of the City’s Arts Advisory Panel and the Cultural Development Board, the crosswalk installation and banners will be in place prior to Thanksgiving. 

“Building on our recently established relationship with Art Basel, we are excited to bring the public exhibition Celebrating Carlos Cruz-Diez to the City of Coral Gables,” said Mayor Valdés-Fauli. “In association with Art Basel and Miami Art Week, he is expected to transform the city by radically changing one’s everyday experience.” 

Established as one of the key 20th century thinkers in the realm of color, Carlos Cruz-Diez is described as a major protagonist in the field of kinetic and optical art. With a focus on movements that encourage “an awareness of the instability of reality,” his work presents color as an autonomous reality that evolves in space and time. 

By dressing the second and third floor of City Hall with an installation of various banners, Carlos Cruz-Diez will bring a vibrant look to the city. Each banner will adhere to the Corinthian columns without causing any detrimental effects to the coral surface of the building. With vibrantly painted pedestrian walkways strategically placed in several cities and states around the world, Cruz-Diez’s main objective is to profoundly change the experience of each passerby through chromatic inductions. 

Once inside the Coral Gables Museum, the photographic images displayed are references of what the artist has been doing in different cities throughout the world for several years. 

The Celebrating Carlos Cruz-Diez exhibition is being produced in collaboration with Ninoska Huerta, Logistics Fine Arts, and with the generous support of Atelier Cruz-Diez. 

Funding for the temporary exhibition is made possible through private sources and through the Coral Gables Art in Public Place program. 

Sponsors for the exhibition include:

Gunster, The Allen Morris Company, Codina Partners LLC, EWM Realty International, Mercantil Bank, MG Developer, Related Group, Regis H.R. Group, and Florida East Coast Realty LLC.

Jean Ward Sculpture Restoration
Four Jean Ward sculptures have been removed for restoration and re-painting. These important artworks donated on behalf of Jean Ward's family will be re-installed upon completion.

The first one, Tuxedo, is back at Pittman Park at 2200 Galiano St.:

Tuxedo, Jean Ward

Giralda Avenue Streetscape: Artist, Sibylle Pasche 
Approved Proposal: click here to view the proposal with renderings.

Balboa Plaza: Artist, R & R Studios
Approved Proposal: click here to view the proposal with renderings.

Gables Waterway: Artist, Alberto Cavalieri
Approved Proposal: click here to view the proposal with renderings.



Bringing Art to Miracle Mile
Thank you to everyone who answered questions on the visioning survey. We're thrilled about the new Streetscape and will be taking a fresh approach for opportunities to incorporate public art.




Passion/ Passiflora Incarnation

Passion/Passiflora 1

Powder coated aluminum, stainless steel, and concrete pool with fountain plumbing, LED lighting

Location: Segovia Street & Biltmore Way / Segovia Street & Coral Way
Sculpture Fabrication: EES Design LLC, Fort Lauderdale
Powder coating: American Protective Coating, Fort Lauderdale
Pool: Elite Waterworks, Inc., Miami

Two sculptures — celebrating Coral Gables’ roots as a Garden City — are installed on the Segovia Traffic Circles at Coral Way and Biltmore Way. The sculptures are taken in part from the passiflora (passion flower) species. Scaled to a gigantic size, the work also references transitions and communication through satellites, antennas, and mechanical robotic floral objects. 

They were designed by renowned New York artist Alice Aycock, who was chosen by the City Commission to create the first major public artworks since Coral Gables founder George Merrick's day. 

Aycock is a nationally renowned public artist whose sculptures are on display at major museums and public spaces across the country, including a recent installation on Park Avenue. For Coral Gables, Aycock's artworks include a large sculpture with fountain features at the intersection of Biltmore Way and a smaller companion sculpture at Coral Way. Aycock was chosen after a panel of arts experts reviewed 181 submissions from around the world.

Funding and support from: Neighborhood Renaissance Program, National Endowment for the Arts, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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Public Comment Request:
The City of Coral Gables, Art in Public Places program welcomes comment from members of the public interested in the public art projects listed below. Funding for the projects is through private development fees associated with the Art in Public Places program.

Comments are received for a limited time as noted.
When commenting, please include the Project Title in the subject field or at the top of your note.

There are no projects pending approval at this time.

Mail:      Historical Resources & Cultural Arts Department, 2327 Salzedo St., Coral Gables, FL 33134






Last updated: 11/17/2017 2:39:33 PM