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PUBLIC ART SIGNAGE: Request for Proposal

Signage Proposals due Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

PUBLIC ART RESTORATION: Request for Proposal

Submitted Questions:

  1. When are proposals due?
  2. Please clarify what (if any) permits and licenses are required by the City of Coral Gables to undertake the conservation work
  3. Is it the intention of the City of Coral Gables to undertake the conservation of all 14 artworks under one mobilization?
  4. Are we bound to conform to the pricing that has been put in place by Evergreene?  We feel that the pricing is not realistic in a few cases. For example, for Hank Willis Thomas' The Truth is I Welcome You they recommend that 22 artworks can be cleaned and conserved for less than $500 apiece, including staff movement around the city. Please explain how to address this and whether change orders would be allowed should the pricing not allow for the full extent of work.
  5.  Are we bound to use the formulas included? Our firm prefers to use a hot wax formula specifically developed by Julie Wolfe at the Getty Museum for hot climates. This wax blend is also primarily microcrystalline, but with higher melting temperatures that perform far better in South Florida than the Mckay Lodge formula. We would specify our materials in conservation reports if we are awarded the project.
  6. The plaque on the Lombana shoes is incorrectly defined as concrete. It is resin. RLA conserved this work when it was hit by a car. The plinth was not treated as part of this project.
  7. Please confirm whether the firm that produced the report would be allowed to bid the project.
  8. For maintenance, are you requesting pricing for conservator intervention or for a conservator to supervise city staff?


  1. We will accept proposals through Friday, October 29.
  2. Based on the proposal, we will work toward one permit that encompasses the different sites. Conservators should submit professional credentials affiliated with their field.
  3. It is the intention of the City of Coral Gables to have work completed as soon as possible. It is up to the proposer to determine and recommend the number of mobilizations necessary.
  4. Proposers are not bound to conforming to the pricing put in place by Evergreene; however, the assessment has been used for budgeting purposes and will be used when evaluating the proposal(s). Regarding the Hank Willis Thomas 22 artworks, they are currently de-installed and in storage as one lot. Restoration is not recommended on site. The City will coordinate their re-installation based on return to the City's facility.
  5. The City defers to the proposer given that proposer provides material justification and specifications as noted in the question.
  6. Noted.
  7. The firm that produced the report is ineligible from bidding on this project.
  8. We will not be requesting pricing; however, a separate proposal bid may be posted to place a conservator on contract for maintenance once the artworks are stabilized.

KIKI SMITH: Blue Night

Returning in November, 2021

Giralda Plaza, under the palm canopy




The Coral Gables Art in Public Places Program was created by ordinance in 2007 and took effect in February 2010.  The program addresses the important goal of:  

Commissioning, acquiring and exhibiting new public artworks in Coral Gables.  Funds from municipal and private development projects are dedicated towards new public art initiatives

An oversize artwork sofa made of oolite stone with oversize lamps on either side, placed in front of a large Banyan tree.

Midsummer Nights Dream by R&R StudiosMidsummer Nights Dream by R&R StudiosA Midsummer Night's Dream by R&R Studios
located at Balboa Plaza

Public Art Master Plan [PDF] 

Public Art Guidelines [PDF]

See our Project pages for information on current and past projects.  

Construction & Renovation: Information for Developers   

The Coral Gables Art in Public Places (AiPP) requirement applies to non-municipal projects with an Aggregate Project Value (APV) of $1 million or more, except for single-family homes and projects at the University of Miami.  

Aggregate Project Value  means the total of all construction costs associated with a particular construction or renovation project regardless of the number of permits associated with the project, or whether it is a phased project.  

Construction Cost  means the total cost of a construction or renovation project, as determined by the Building Official in issuing a building permit for construction or renovation plus soft costs of architectural and engineering fees. The Construction Cost includes all labor, structural materials, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, infrastructure, design, permitting, architecture, engineering, lighting, signage, and site work. All construction and renovation costs shall be calculated based on good faith projections for the whole project, and paid as of the date the building permit is issued. This definition is not intended to include the Florida Building Code definition for Construction Cost.  

If the AiPP Requirement Applies to Your Project:   
  • Contact the Historical Resources & Cultural Arts staff early in your planning and design process to discuss.  
  • Submit an  Art in Public Places one sheet with information about your plans to fulfill the AiPP requirement in your applications for the Development review Committee (DRC) and Board of Architects (BOA) review.  
  • Complete and submit the  Art in Public Places Aggregate Project Value Application  to the Building and Zoning Department.  
  • Pay the required Art in Public Places fee or have proposed public artwork approved in accordance with  The City of Coral Gables art in Public Places Program: Funding, Goals, and Implementation Guidelines  

For further information regarding the Art in Public Places program, please contact the Historical Resources & Cultural Arts Department at (305) 460-5094 or email