By now, most of you have heard or seen pictures of the colorful floating umbrellas in downtown Coral Gables. If you haven't, let me catch you up on what the hubbub is all about.
The array of colorful umbrellas made their grand opening on July 13, 2018. Now, you might be wondering what the backstory is behind these umbrellas. They are actually part of the Umbrella Sky Project.
The Umbrella Sky Project originally began in Águeda, Portugal as part of the annual Águeda Art Festival. During the months of July, August, and September, the city hangs colorful umbrellas above the narrow streets to provide shade to the pedestrians walking below. Rooftop cables are strung with parasols that help cool the walkways in an innovative and cost-effective way. The multitude of umbrellas form a unique geometric pattern above as well as changing shadows on the walkway below.
Since the beginning of the Umbrella Sky Project, it has made appearances in other cities around the world including Paris and Lisbon. Currently, the umbrellas reside in Giralda Plaza in Coral Gables. The Gables is the 1st city in south Florida and the 3rd city in the United States to host the Umbrella Sky Project.
Wether you want to embrace the beauty of these umbrellas or just to take a really good Instagram picture, go check out the Umbrella Sky Project before it leaves! There are plenty of shops and eateries to enjoy while you are there.
Here are the details:
Location: Giralda Plaza, 100 Block Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables
When: Every day through September 2018