The Silence Project
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 known project by Flor Mayoral will feature portraits of Coral Gables community members pressing fingers to their lips and forming the universal sign for silence, in select vacant storefronts along Miracle Mile.
Meet photographer Flor Mayoral at the opening exhibition of The Silence Project Friday, July 5th from 6-9 pm, at Conde Contemporary (204 Miracle Mile). Portrait sales are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
After the opening, from 8-10 pm, guests are invited to walk a block to McBride Plaza (150 Miracle Mile) and take part in the interactive video projections. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to participate in creating their own “Silence Project” photos by using the hashtag #silenceproject and uploading their images to Instagram, for a chance to have their photo projected the following weekend at the McBride Plaza event which takes place each Friday and Saturday evening throughout the summer.
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.
“The Silence Project urges us to communicate on a deeper level, a soul level, which can only be reached through silence. Flor Mayoral has captured the people who make up the fabric of this community and knitted them together in silent reverie,” said Stacy Conde, Director of Conde Contemporary.
“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.”
“I am beyond pleased that my artistic endeavor is bringing organizations in Coral Gables together, in service of the community”, commented Flor Mayoral.
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.
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.