First public art sculpture honoring LGBTQ champions unveiled in MiamiOnline Only, Top Highlights, Section 4A, Entertainment News Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
MIAMI, Fla. — The City of North Miami unveiled a new sculpture installation this past Saturday, March 4th, that was commissioned by the municipality to “Celebrate the legacy of Miami-Dade County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer champions and the historic milestones of the LGBTQ community,” said Scott Galvin, the Councilman for the City of North Miami who spearheaded this project. The artwork, created by Miami artist Alan Gutierrez, will remain permanently installed at Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park, located at 1725 NE 135th Street in North Miami.
“The project was originally inspired by the June 2016 tragedy at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub,” said Councilman Galvin, who has served in public office for 18 years (making Galvin one of the longest-serving openly gay elected officials in the United States). “Rather than be a somber memorial to those victims, North Miami’s sculpture celebrates LGBTQ lives that inspire all of us, and acknowledges the legacy of LGBTQ milestones in Miami-Dade County’s history,” adds Galvin.
This project was established through the City of North Miami’s Art in Public Places program and is funded by the City of North Miami’s Council District 1 budget. The process took nine months, and began in the summer of 2016 when Councilman Galvin expressed the idea to commemorate the tragedy at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
A call-to-artists was published by the City of North Miami last September, and more than thirty artists responded to the call with their submissions. The winning artwork was selected by a committee of cultural leaders and experts, and the $30,000 award for production of the artwork was announced last November.
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