Rainbow Bridge a No Go

Ocean Drive

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Rainbow Bridge a No Go:

Cost too high, usage time too short

During Art Basel one of the most popular instagrammable spots was the Rainbow Bridge at the HIVE Wynwood satellite fair. Commissioner Ricky Arriola was interested in having the structure travel the short distance to Miami Beach to be a temporary installation through the New Year’s weekend festivities.
 
The rushed timing – the structure was packed and ready to ship back to San Francisco – and the high cost proved too difficult for New Year’s but Arriola and Commissioner Michael Góngora thought Pride Week in April might be another option and authorized City staff to see if reasonable terms could be reached. After speaking further with the creators, however, the price tag of $129,000 was too high for Commissioners.

At the Commission’s meeting earlier this month, Arriola said, “I’m not going to move this. It’s a heavy price tag. My hope was we could get it for less and keep it for longer.” Because the structure was built to be temporary in nature, it can only be displayed for 7-10 days.
 
Arriola said, “I was hoping to do an installation like Coral Gables did with the umbrella project that stayed for 90 days.”
 
“My real vision was to try to do something really cool,” he said.
 
Góngora added that there “wasn’t the excitement for it” among the LGBTQ community that he anticipated.
 
Photo: Commissioner John Alemán's Facebook page
 

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