Blue Night, sponsored by the City of Coral Gables is Smith’s project, is installed in Giralda Plaza. Forty-two suspended mirrored renderings of animal constellations from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres reflect light through transparent blue backgrounds: holographic vinyl denotes the stars that comprise the constellations. An Augmented Reality (AR) component enables viewers to see ghosted constellation images and asterism on their devices throughout the day and night. A free downloadable artist coloring book will be available.
Cai Guo-Qiang’s Fireflies is being exhibited in South Florida for the first time. This project was commissioned by the Association for Public Art (APA) with Fung Collaboratives and was first presented in Philadelphia in 2017. The project was curated by Lance Fung. Major support was received from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This interactive and mesmerizing public artwork roams through downtown adding color and joy through handmade Chinese silk lanterns.
Participating Artists include Cai Guo-Qiang, Carlos Estévez, David Gumbs, Ruben Millares, Joseph Mills, Jonathan Perez and FIU student artists, Sandra Ramos, Kiki Smith, and Antonia Wright.
ICG’s educational component, through a partnership with Florida International University’s Department of Art and Art History, includes a projection-mapped video and sound-based work that focuses on the intersection of the natural and built environment of South Florida and the City of Coral Gables.