Art in Public Places – Women’s Park
The Women’s Park stands as a pioneering tribute to the invaluable contributions of women, marking its significance as one of the nation’s first parks solely dedicated to celebrating their diverse impact on the enhancement of life in Miami-Dade County. A distinctive feature of the park is the Gates and Fences Project, an artistic endeavor by Miami-based Lydia Rubio, originally from Cuba. The project includes three gates—Courage, Love, and Wisdom—ranging from 9 to 11 feet in height and 24 to 30 feet in length. Each gate intricately weaves symbols, images, and words associated with women, creating a poignant and visually captivating narrative. Additionally, a twelve-foot square mosaic floor on Flagler Street, positioned in front of the Gate of Love, immortalizes a poem by Cuban writer Dulce Maria Loinaz, accompanied by a striking figure of a woman.
Our Client: United Iron Works
United Iron Works has as a formidable force in the realm of metal fabrication since 1994, earning its esteemed reputation as a premier Metals Contractor in Miami. Renowned for their craftsmanship, the skilled team at United Iron Works has expertly crafted an array of custom metal pieces, ranging from elegant garden gates and artistic structures for global artists to durable metal staircases, glass railings, canopies, guardrails, and pergolas. Their portfolio extends to providing premium decorative metals that grace the facades of luxury high-rises. With a commitment to excellence, United Iron Works, Inc. has consistently delivered a wide spectrum of contracting services, meeting the diverse remodeling and construction needs of its discerning clientele.
SPECIALIZED STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING COMPANY FOR Structural Components: EASTERN ENGINEERING GROUP
Eastern Engineering Group played a vital role in The Women’s Park project by designing a 3,000-ft aluminum fence and art structures at the park’s three entrances. The fence was five feet tall, with aluminum posts, pickets, and horizontal members, blending durability and elegance. The art structures were meticulously engineered to resist wind loads and contributed to the unique features of the park.
Did you know that a captivating piece of history lies beneath the surface of The Women’s Park? In December 1992, during the official dedication ceremony, a time capsule was buried, weaving together a tapestry of the incredible work and achievements of Miami-Dade County’s women. This unique capsule houses a treasure trove of items, including writings by influential figures such as environmental activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, African-American author Zora Neale Hurston, and Cuban anthropologist Lydia Cabrera. Among its contents are tape recordings, newspapers, photographs, artwork, books, and historical mementos, showcasing the diverse contributions of women in fields ranging from government and medicine to the arts, law, and journalism.