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Blue Night, 2021
Giralda Plaza

Kiki Smith


Blue Night depicts 42 suspended elements created by Kiki Smith. The mirrored renderings will reflect light through a transparent blue background; holographic vinyl denotes the stars that comprise the actual constellations. The artist was inspired by the constellation drawings from the late 17th century by Johannes Hevelius and others.

Smith is embracing augmented reality (AR) as an artistic tool. Upon gazing at her skyscape, viewers are invited to view an AR element through their own devices. Ghosted images of her works will appear on screen followed by the stars and asterism that compose each animal constellation. A special feature will allow visitors to bring the image up to the sky or to the ground for selfies by moving their device while on Giralda Plaza.

“In ancient times it was believed that the sky was somewhere between heaven and earth,” said Smith. “It’s great to be able to present light, hope, and joy for so many to experience.”

Coral Gables is creating a printed and free downloadable version of a Blue Night coloring book of Smith’s drawings. As Illuminate Coral Gables’ education and promotional partners, the Coral Gables Community Foundation, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Greater Miami Visitors Convention Bureau will share the link for the public to download. Additionally, local restaurants will have coloring pages for patrons of all ages to enjoy.

This work was sponsored by the City of Coral Gables, FL.