Illuminate Coral Gables has turned the city of Coral Gables into a magical, artistic paradise!
If you’ve strolled through downtown Coral Gables after sundown lately you may have noticed it looking rather dazzling. That’s because the city has switched on the lights for a magical new art exhibit!
A technology-meets-art exhibit by day and glowing wonderland by night, Illuminate Coral Gables will have you looking at the city in a whole new light. This free, outdoor exhibit, which opened on Friday, February 12, focuses on the intentional use of light and technology to transform some of Coral Gables’ most important landmarks into stunning works of public art.
Brought about by Coral Gables officials and curated by chief curator Lance M. Fung and a team of local curators, the wonderful exhibit features eight unique installations by national and international artists, seven of which were specially commissioned for Illuminate Coral Gables.
Urban Universes by Cuban artist Carlos Estévez has lit up Coral Gables City Hall with a stunning video-mapped projection. The piece is the first technology-based work by the Miami-based artist who has been developing video content on people’s movements, interactions, and sense of community.
Those strolling through Giralda Plaza will be able to check out Blue Night by Kiki Smith. With this work, which was specially commissioned by the City of Coral Gables, the artist explores her continued interest in constellations. Forty-two suspended mirrored renderings of animal constellations from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres will reflect light through transparent blue plexiglass with holographic vinyl stars denoting the constellations. The piece also features an Augmented Reality component that enables viewers to see ghosted constellation images and asterism on their devices throughout the day and night.
Meanwhile, Cai Guo-Qiang’s Fireflies is being exhibited in South Florida for the first time. First exhibited in Philadelphia back in 2017, this interactive public artwork will be hanging around downtown adding color and joy through handmade Chinese silk lanterns.
You’ll be able to find these and many more works using video mapping and projections in Gables International Plaza on Le Jeune Road, Actors’ Playhouse on Miracle Mile, and Coral Gables Museum’s façade on Aragon Avenue.
The mesmerizing art exhibit will be on until Sunday, March 14, and is the perfect socially-distant activity for all art lovers and curious locals alike, so make sure to check it out before it goes away!
[Featured image courtesy of Illuminate Coral Gables]