Massive sculpture launches city’s Art in Public Places Program
The sculpture Flight to Freedom, the first artwork installed through Coral Gables’ Art in Public Places Program, was formally unveiled recently.
Created by Miami artist John Angée, the striking installation on the southwest wall of The Building, 2990 Ponce de Leon Blvd., symbolizes the flight that so many have made to escape danger or captivity.
Joe Zubiaretta, chief operating officer of anchor tenant Zubi Advertising, welcomed guests to the Dec. 14 event and told of his family’s move from Cuba in keeping with the artwork theme.
Guests included Mr. Angée, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, representatives of the MAS Group, TAZ Partners and AJP Ventures, and leaders of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and Coral Gables Community Foundation.
The installation consists of a series of four stainless-steel pieces, each one measuring approximately 40 feet long by 20 feet high by 1 foot thick, and weighting approximately 2,000 pounds.
The individual pieces are attached to an aluminum screen, 40 feet high by 112 feet wide, covering a four-story parking area.
At the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Catalonia Avenue, The Building is a 58,000-square foot Class-A office building, which was recently awarded the “City Beautiful Award” by the Coral Gables Chamber in recognition of its commitment to aesthetic beauty and architectural achievements.