PRESS RELEASES

Jun 25, 2019

Internationally Recognized Exhibition ‘The Silence Project’ Comes to Miracle Mile This Summer

CORAL GABLES, FL – June 25, 2019 – The Silence Project, a partnership between The Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables, the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the City of Coral Gables and Conde Contemporary, will be unveiled on Friday, June 28. The internationally acclaimed project by Flor Mayoral will feature portraits of Coral Gables community members displaying the universal gesture and symbol for silence in select vacant storefronts along Miracle Mile.

Mayoral began the Silence Project in 2007, creating the now instantly recognizable black and white portraits of people from all walks of life making the sign of silence.

“These single portraits are telling a story of a community that can elevate itself above the noise and still connect,” said Venny Torre, president of the BID of Coral Gables “Coral Gables is made up of people from all walks of life, so this is a project that celebrates the city’s diversity and culture.”

Starting June 28, fourteen storefronts will showcase 75 black and white portraits of people who make up the fabric of the Coral Gables community in silent reverie. There will also be a public exhibition at McBride Plaza (150 Miracle Mile), which includes large scale portraits and interactive projections on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning on Gallery Night, Friday, July 5 and running through Friday, August 2nd.

Coral Gables residents and visitors can create their own “Silence Project” photos at home using the hashtag #SilenceProject for a chance to have their versions projected during the weekend public exhibitions at McBride Plaza.

Added Mayoral: “I am beyond pleased that my artistic project is bringing organizations in Coral Gables together, in service of the community.”

This exhibition will be the first of many vacant store projects to come. Select Miracle Mile storefronts include: 200 Miracle Mile; 202 Miracle Mile; 216 Miracle Mile; 219 Miracle Mile; 223 Miracle Mile; 225 Miracle Mile; 257 Miracle Mile; 299 Miracle Mile; 308 Miracle Mile; 330 Miracle Mile; 355 Miracle Mile; 365 Miracle Mile; 376 Miracle Mile and 380 Miracle Mile.

Guests may also view a selection of portraits at Conde Contemporary (204 Miracle Mile) on Friday, July 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a portion of portrait sales donated to The Coral Gables Community Foundation.

To learn more about the exhibition, please visit shopcoralgables.com.

About the Business Improvement District (BID) of Coral Gables
The Business Improvement District (BID) is an autonomous non-profit organization dedicated to advancing commercial vitality in Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile—a 19-block area in the city core designated as the District. Providing marketing and advocacy support for property owners and businesses, the BID counts among its members 370 businesses, of which approximately 260 are retail and restaurant establishments, as well as 128 property owners. Since its establishment in July 1997, BID has served as a catalyst for positive change spearheading myriad initiatives and events, including Giralda Under the Stars, Coral Gables Culinary Month, Halloween on the Mile and more. For more information, please visit: shopcoralgables.com.

About the City of Coral Gables
Founded in 1925, Coral Gables is the result of one man’s extraordinary vision and faithful commitment to that ideal. Designed from the outset as an international community, the physical and cultural landscape reflects the intent of its master planner. A lush tropical backdrop complemented by classic Mediterranean architecture is an ideal setting for a community alive with diversity and activity. With secluded residential enclaves and a bustling downtown, Coral Gables represents the best of everything; a delicious bite of cosmopolitan culture in the environment of a small city. As the city grows and adapts with each new generation, it strives to carry on Merrick’s dream. For more information, visit: coralgables.com.

About the Coral Gables Community Foundation
Led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, learn and play in the City Beautiful. For almost 30 years, the Foundation has been at the forefront of the evolving needs of Coral Gables by effectively bringing together beneficiaries and benefactors to fund programs with the greatest impact and benefit to “The City Beautiful.” Established in September 1991, the Coral Gables Community Foundation has, through its discretionary, donor-advised, and scholarship funds, awarded over $7 million to worthy causes. For more information, please visit gablesfoundation.org.

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