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Coral Gables Seeks Temporary Installation for Giralda Plaza

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Coral Gables Seeks Temporary Installation for Giralda Plaza


The City of Coral Gables requests concept proposals from professional working artists for consideration to create an inaugural artist designed temporary overhead installation for the City’s Giralda Plaza.  Artwork is sought that incorporates environmental sustainability in concept and design. Environmental sustainability for the purposes of this opportunity refers to concept, design, and/or material that addresses reuse without harm to the ecosystem.

Budget:  $150,000

Eligibility: Professional artists

Deadline:  March 15, 2019

NOTE:  A concept sketch, narrative, and budget is required as part of the application process.  Artists are not compensated for developing this concept.

View site and infrastructure diagrams and full RFP here.


The City of Coral Gables, The City Beautiful, is a progressive, international, coastal and historic city. Coral Gables has a population of 51,000 residents, has a vibrant downtown and is home to the University of Miami. It is proud to be ranked by ninth out of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well, and America’s sixth most successful walkable suburb by the Wall Street Journal.

The City of Coral Gables is unique among the communities of Miami-Dade County in that it can trace its beginning to the early 20th century City Beautiful movement. The spirit of the City Beautiful movement was rooted in the notion that if cities were to be the centers of American progress then the infrastructure of those cities should be something that was celebrated. From tree plantings, to a robust street construction program, to key infill investments in the downtown core, the City of Coral Gables carries on that legacy today in its approach to public works and planning.

In the past three decades, the City has experienced healthy growth, which bolstered the economic base. Growth in the commercial sector has brought in new activities for residents, including nighttime entertainment, live music, new retail options, and casual and fine dining. It has also helped maintain low property taxes. Today, Coral Gables is home to approximately 155 multinationals and 26 consulates and trade offices. The City supports the residential and business sectors with excellent City services, having attained the highest possible standards in every field. In fact, Coral Gables is the only city in the State of Florida and one of only two cities nationwide to have a Class 1 Fire Department, a fully-accredited Police Department, and the highest awarded Building and Zoning Department rating. In addition, Coral Gables has been named a “Tree City USA” for 26 consecutive years, has an award-winning Communications Division, and offers a comprehensive Parks and Recreation program.


The City of Coral Gables’ Giralda Plaza just celebrated its one-year anniversary after an extensive streetscape construction project. As a result, sidewalks were removed and the street was transformed into a pedestrian-only block with outdoor dining. Pavers were laid in a pattern of concentric circles to mimic the ripple effect of raindrops. At the center of the block is a catenary light system designed to resemble falling rain. Due to the high concentration of dining establishments, the area is also known as “Restaurant Row.” Giralda Plaza is accessible twenty-four hours a day with restaurants and businesses open every day and into the evening.

The site runs the length of the 100 block of Giralda Avenue with Galiano Street on the East end and Ponce de Leon Boulevard on the West. The block is six hundred (600) feet in length and is sixty (60) feet wide from property line to property line.  In the summer of 2018, the City launched the highly successful “Umbrella Sky” at the site. The project was installed and designed by the company Sextafeira. The project used an overhead truss and cable system to fill the overhead space of Giralda Plaza with brightly colored umbrellas. The City desires to build on the success of “Umbrella Sky” with an artist-designed artwork worthy of global recognition and social engagement. The intention is to use the truss and overhead system for attachments, although other proposed means of installation will be considered.


The goal of Giralda Sky is to welcome residents and visitors, through art, to encourage a socially engaging experience that elicits discussion; is a gathering place for family and friends; is shared with others through social media; incites reflection; arouses curiosity and inspires repeat visits and further exploration of Coral Gables. This first artist-led temporary installation has a further goal of incorporating environmental sustainability (see brief above) as part of the concept and design.


  • Overhead artwork installed during the months of June, July, and August, 2019
  • Added beneficial use as shade structure encouraged


  • Call for Art / Request for Proposals (RFP) Released: February 20, 2019
  • RFP Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019
  • Proposals Reviewed / Short-Listed Artist Proposals Confirmed / Artist recommendation: March 27 & April 2, 2019
  • Artist Recommendation to City Commission requesting confirmation: April 9, 2019 (Commission apprvl)
  • Artist enters into contract with the City: April, 2019
  • Fabrication: April – May, 2019
  • Installation: June – July – August, 2019
  • Close-out: Fall, 2019


Plans for the available truss structure and possible methods of attachment are available through the online RFP at Two Sections are required for each end of the Plaza.

  • Length – East end: 150 ft.
  • Length – West end: 180 ft.
  • Width: Truss width is forty feet (40’) across the span of the plaza.
  • Height: The vertical truss structure will rise above the tree canopy.

Artwork may be positioned below the height of the canopy, provided the artwork and installation material does not interfere or present an opportunity to become tangled with the branches and leaves. The truss + ballast is approximately eighteen feet (18’) high with flexibility to increase height. The previous system used an “L” shape, right angle, at the top of the truss. However, an arched system may be possible and allow for an additional three to four feet (3’-4’) in height.

Maximum Weight of the truss support system: Span (in feet) and Weight (in pounds) 10: 4,497 20: 1,550 30: 864 40: 428

Installation of artwork must have porosity or other permeable aspect to avoid wind uplift. In the event of tropical storm winds or higher, artwork must be easily de-installed by a vendor of the City’s choosing. Most likely, this will be the team responsible for installing the truss system. The Arts Advisory Panel encourages artists to be creative with design, materials, and placement.


Members of the City’s Arts Advisory Panel will evaluate artist concept proposals as set forth in the Coral Gables Art in Public Places Program: Funding, Goals and Implementation Guidelines. A short-list of artists will be asked to further develop their concept proposals for the City and will receive an artist honorium of $2,000 with the final selected artist entering into an agreement with the City to proceed with their design.

Due to the expedited timeline, a site visit is encouraged, although not necessary and will not be reimbursed. Short-listed artist designs may be considered for future installations at Giralda Plaza.


  • Meets the definition of professional artist, which is defined as “an individual generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional practitioner of the visual arts, as judged by the quality of that professional practitioner’s body of work, educational background, experience, past public commissions, exhibition record, publications, receipt of honors and awards, training in the arts, and production of artwork.”
  • Demonstrates artistic excellence, innovation and originality as represented in past work and supporting materials.
  • Demonstrates interest in and understanding of the project.
  • Demonstrates interest and capability in creating public artworks in collaboration with the design team (if applicable) and other project partners.
  • Demonstrates experience in successfully completing works of similar scope, scale, budget and complexity, or ability to articulate how he or she would be able to bring the necessary artistic and technical skills to this project.
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively with the City of Coral Gables staff, other project partners and the community.
  • Demonstrates the potential to work in a public environment and animate public space.
  • Demonstrates capacity for working in media and with concepts that are appropriate to the project goals and site.
  • Is available to perform the scope of the work in a timely and professional manner.

A selection panel comprised of Arts Advisory Panel members, Cultural Development Board membership, members of the business community, and a representative of the Economic Development department will review concept proposals based on the following criteria. The concept should:

  • Meet the definition of a work of art, which is defined as “tangible creations by artists exhibiting the highest quality of skill and aesthetic principles . . .” and is one-of-a-kind or part of an original, numbered series.
  • Respond to the City’s vision for public art as set forth in the Master Art Plan and Guidelines.
  • Meet the goals for the project as defined above.
  • Demonstrate excellence in aesthetic quality, workmanship, innovation and creativity. •
  • Demonstrate appropriateness in scale, form, content and is of materials/media suitable for the site.
  • Acknowledge and inform the specific site and is sensitive to the City’s overall design traditions.
  • Demonstrate feasibility in terms of budget, timeline, safety, durability, operation, maintenance, conservation, security, and/or storage and siting. Consideration is given to the City’s ability to provide ongoing maintenance and repair.
  • Bring diversity to the City’s public art collection in terms of media, artistic discipline, and/or artistic approach.

The City encourages third parties, including gallery representatives, to notify their artists and submit proposals on behalf of an artist should they choose to do so. Following the RFP process, detailed proposal requests, follow-ups, and contracts will be communicated directly with the artist or their studio designee.


  1. Brief Biography & Artist Statement
  2. Artist Resume/CV
  3. Professional References
  4. Ten Images of Completed Work
  5. Concept Title, Description, Medium
  6. Budget & Timeline
  7. Concept Sketch


Submit materials online at the City of Coral Gables grant page. A free account registration is required in order to submit materials.




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