The City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Business Improvement District (BID) launched Murals on the Mile, the city’s first mural project featuring four street art creations by Chalk & Brush along the iconic Miracle Mile. From the grapefruits that once lined Coral Gables farms, to the historic Biltmore Hotel and the University of Miami’s beloved ibis, the murals’ creative elements celebrate the history and culture of Coral Gables. The murals will be on view through September 2022.
City officials marked the completion of the murals with an unveiling event on Friday, October 1 attended by Mayor Vince Lago, City Manager Peter Iglesias, and Coral Gables BID Executive Director Aura Reinhardt, among others.
“We are excited for the community to see Murals on the Mile and enjoy all the wonderful restaurants and shops that surround them,” said Julian Perez, the City’s Economic Development director. “We invite visitors from near and far to come explore our inaugural mural initiative and experience the joy of the lively images first-hand.”
Chalk & Brush, headed by local husband-and-wife designers Benjamin Levy and Cinthia Santos, developed the mural concepts. The murals share positive messages and incorporate interactive imagery, including an umbrella that viewers can stand under, a swing, and trolley. Each mural is located on Miracle Mile, and has a unique theme, including:
- You Look Beautiful in the City Beautiful, located at the corner of Miracle Mile and Salzedo St.
- Smile, You’re in Coral Gable, located at the corner of Miracle Mile and Ponce De Leon Blvd.
- Greetings from Coral Gables and The City Beautiful, both located at McBride Plaza
“Murals on the Mile adds an uplifting and whimsical backdrop to Coral Gables’ bustling business district,” said Reinhardt. “The designs are an expression of the city’s heritage and will enhance the experience for visitors who come to the area.”
Famed Miracle Mile is in the heart of Coral Gables’ downtown, and offers a mix of art galleries, boutique shops, and restaurants all along the tree-lined street. Now, visitors will also be able to enjoy the newly installed murals and are encouraged to take photos and selfies while using the hashtags #muralsonthemile and #experiencecoralgables.