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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 (paline), 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 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 contribute to the economic vitality of this pedestrian-friendly oasis.

WHY Venetian Posts?

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 post 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 about merging history with new art.


Select your Venice in the Gables Sponsorship level now to be one of the first to choose from the artists’ designs and add your brand or family name to this public arts initiative. Don’t lose this once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of Coral Gables’ most exciting project. Sponsorship opportunities start at $2,500 for one post. For full sponsorship information, check out our sponsorship brochure and contact the project consultant, Mari Gallet at, or 786-277-6274.


Peek through the window at our pop-up studio to see the posts and watch artists at work!


The public call for art is now closed. However, if there is an organization or person who wants to sponsor your work, please let us know.

Call for Art application form

Artist Template of Venetian post

Rendering of the Venetian post form

Image prior to casting (person is 5'9")

Base preliminary drawing

Artist Tips for preparation and material treatment 

Historic Reference Venetian posts at the Venetian Pool 

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We encourage artists to apply their personal style and to explore the City of Coral Gables & Streetscape websites for further inspiration!

The City of Coral Gables is especially interested in artworks that showcase artists’ vision and talent, while maintaining consistency with the City's contemporary cultural, economic, and development character.

Who: The City is requesting original artist design proposals for Venetian styled posts (paline) and is seeking artwork iconic to the artist’s style or expressive of Coral Gables and South Florida. Artists of sponsored designs will receive $750 and may complete their work at their studio or in a storefront pop-up studio on Miracle Mile. 

What: Eight-foot tall, ten-inch diameter replicas of Venetian mooring posts, resembling the picturesque canal posts for the gondolas of Venice. Completed artworks will be mounted on large cylindrical concrete bases throughout downtown Coral Gables.

Where: to grace the streets of downtown Coral Gables for a temporary exhibit inviting visitors and residents to interact with the new streetscape. 

Design deadline – Monday, April 16th, 12:00 noon
Posts available for sponsored artwork as early as – Wednesday, April 11th
Artwork complete & delivered for clear coat by– Monday, May 7th
Clear coat and installation by the City – Friday, May 18th

Opening Celebration - Friday, May 18th 

Why: to further the arts in Coral Gables, support area charities, and celebrate completion of the downtown Miracle Mile and Giralda streetscape.

Social Media:
#VeniceintheGables and #CoralGablesArts 

Artworks will be on public display and the City has the discretion to select designs that best demonstrate vision, creativity, and artistic expertise.

Painted and adorned Venetian paline will be available for purchase by the sponsor or made available at the end of the exhibit for purchase at a charitable auction to further the arts in Coral Gables and support local charities. An alternate base will be provided to purchasers.

Are artists compensated for their artwork?
Yes, sponsored artists will receive an honorarium of $750 for their artwork.
There is no application fee to submit a proposal; it is agreed that the City retains the right to use submitted designs for presentation to potential sponsors and for marketing and promotional purposes.

May I submit more than one design?
Yes, please submit a separate entry for each design. Artists may include a detail as one of their attachments. 

What materials may be used on the form?
The Venetian post form is constructed of high quality fiberglass, primed and ready for treatment. Using exterior acrylic paints is recommended; however, other creative methods and materials may be used. The structural integrity must remain and cannot be altered. Please select the Artist Tips sheet above for additional information.

Once sponsored, does the treatment need to stay true to the proposed design?
Yes, sponsors are selecting designs based on their presentation. Any proposed modifications need to be addressed prior to the artist completing the artwork.

How are the forms transported to/from the artist?
Artists are responsible for pickup and drop off from/to the City of Coral Gables at a location to be determined. Upon receipt of the completed form, the City of Coral Gables will facilitate clear-coating and installation of the artworks onto permanent bases.

For artist information, contact Catherine Cathers at or call 305-460-5094. 

The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to serve as the philanthropic partner to the City of Coral Gables on the Venice in the Gables public art initiative.

Engineering generously provided by Douglas Wood Associates.

Artwork preparation generously provided by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center.

Special thanks to Terranova Corporation &

Kerdyk Real Estate for supporting our Artist pop-up studios!

Last updated: 4/18/2018 9:41:43 AM