The City of Coral Gables will soon issue an international call for artists for the creation of large scale civic monuments with fountain features in the traffic circles of Segovia Street at the Coral Way and Biltmore Way intersections.
These traffic circles are seen by more than 22,000 people a day, and were identified by the City’s public art consultants as one of the best locations in the City to install public art for visibility and in order to mark a major gateway between a residential area and the downtown. Great cities like Paris, Rome, and London not only incorporate public art as part of their essential fabric, they are always investing in art, architecture, and the public’s experience, making themselves continually better.
Similarly, Coral Gables will cultivate its quality of life by undertaking significant projects such as this. The budget for the works includes $1 million that is already funded, $40,000 from the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts, and in-kind horticultural services from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. This project budget is on par with similar scale projects, and is already attracting the interest of international artists who want to compete for the project.
Artists responding to the call will be asked to consider values important to Coral Gables when designing such as natural beauty, history, community, and the City’s role as an international gateway. The monuments will incorporate fountain features, which will add the dimension of sound and movement to the pieces as well as highlight the City’s tradition of incorporating fountains into civic art, buildings, and public spaces.
Artists experienced with the completion of outdoor public art projects who are interested should look for a posting in the near future on www.callforentry.com, and also may contact Cynthia Birdsill, Economic Sustainability Director, at email@example.com or 305-460-5310, for more information.
An aerial view of Segovia traffic circles where civic monuments would be installed.