Artists wanted for the next ‘Umbrella Sky’ display
Coral Gables is looking for its next “Umbrella Sky.”
That was last summer’s popular installation of 720 colorful umbrellas, which morphed Giralda Plaza into a scene out of Disney’s “Mary Poppins.”
The exhibit reinvigorated the pedestrian strip into a popular Instagram zone where people snapped selfies and videos under the rainbow of parasols in the 100 block of Giralda Avenue.
Now the city is looking for an artist to develop another overhead installation with social pizzazz.
Called “Giralda Sky,” the exhibit would be displayed through June, July and August this summer, according to Belkys Perez of the city’s economic development office. The budget for the project is $150,000.
“The goal of Giralda Sky is to welcome residents and visitors, through art, to encourage a socially engaging experience that elicits discussion,” the project’s description says.
The city is looking for artwork “that incorporates environmental sustainability in concept and design,” and “material that addresses reuse without harm to the ecosystem.”
The deadline for submissions is March 15. Artists can apply by visiting
“Umbrella Sky” was taken down last September. That project was from Sexatafeira, a Portugal-based creative agency that said the umbrellas were inspired
by “Mary Poppins.”
The agency also set up the current installation “Sunlit Sky’,’ which features shimmering strips of gold and silver. That exhibit will remain up at the plaza through March 10.
Coral Gables has put a call out to artists for another overhead installation to be called “Giralda Sky.”
The "Sunlit Sky'' installation features strips of gold and silver over Giralda Plaza in Coral Gables.