The City of Coral Gables is celebrating the completion of the Downtown Miracle Mile and Giralda Streetscape Project with an exciting art project, Venice in the Gables. Eight foot tall replicas of Venetian mooring posts, resembling the picturesque canal posts for the gondolas of Venice, will grace the streets of Downtown Coral Gables for a temporary exhibit inviting visitors and residents to interact with the new streetscape. These posts will be designed and painted by creative artists, supported by sponsors, and made available at the end of the exhibit for purchase at a charitable auction. This community art project is just one of the many ways to encourage the public to explore our vibrant Downtown area and further the economic vitality of this pedestrian-friendly oasis.
Venetian mooring posts were incorporated into the early designs of the City of Coral Gables, most notably as canal markers to delineate waterfront property and as part of the Venetian Pool design. The finial (top) design of the Venetian art posts is based on the same design as the entrance finial of the historic administration building once located on Coral Way and Ponce de Leon Boulevard in the 1920s. This icon of the City’s early beginnings will get a modern and fresh interpretation on top of an assortment of colorfully designed Venetian posts as they wind throughout the streets of Downtown Coral Gables, inviting visitors’ interaction and creating a positive buzz while merging history with new art. Social media hashtags #VeniceintheGables and #CoralGablesArts will grace the beautiful pictures that will add a touch of Italy to the City Beautiful.
A call to artists will be held in March inviting skilled artists to submit their designs to the City’s Historical Resources and Cultural Arts Department. Sponsors will be invited to sign up to select available designs and be part of this once in a lifetime exhibit. The cost for sponsorship for one post is $2,500 or it can be purchased for $3,500. Additional sponsorship opportunities will be available and proceeds from a charitable auction to be held in partnership with the Coral Gables Community Foundation will be used to advance the arts in Coral Gables.
Several events are being planned to introduce the artists and announce the posts, including the April 14th, 2018 official celebration of the Streetscape Project completion.
For more information, visit www.coralgables.com/veniceinthegables. To become a sponsor of the Venetian Posts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For artists’ information, please contact email@example.com.