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Only 3 Days Left to See Blue Night, a Public Art installation on Giralda Plaza

If you can make it to Downtown Coral Gables this weekend, you can catch a final glimpse of the amazing overhead art installation by Kiki Smith. It’s called Blue Night and continues the tradition that began four years ago with public art on Giralda’s no-traffic walking section.

 

Blue Night consists of drawings of forty-two animal constellations that you might see in a clear night sky if you knew where to look. Smith makes it easy for us by using transparent blue plexiglass sheets with mirrored drawings bonded to the sheets. Sitting at a bar or restaurant on Giralda, or just strolling along, look up and there are the animals, reflecting sunlight during the day or local light after sunset.  Find the poster with detailed instructions on how to use Augmented Reality (AR) to identify constellations in the night sky…it’s fun and you can take selfies as well.

 

That may be enough for most of you. But for some – especially children and adults who like to color – there’s more. Smith also created a coloring book that you can download either as a complete spread of Blue Night or individual sheets. Go to www.coralgables.com/publicart

 

Blue Night is an example of public art, sponsored by the City of Coral Gables. This installation is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

 

 

Kiki Smith: Blue Night augmented reality (AR) was made possible in part with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

 

Take the artwork into the skies. Transform it into the original drawing and move it to align with the constellation or position for an inspired selfie. Click each drawing below to launch Blue Night – AR Asterism/Animation or point phone camera at the QR code to launch from your phone!