Artists wanted for the next ‘Um­brella Sky’ dis­play

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Go! - By Johnny Diaz

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

coral­ /Gi­ral­daSky.

“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.

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