Tree sculptures by renowned Cuban artist Rafael Consuegra were unveiled May 6 at the Milander recreation complex in Hialeah.
Consuegra, 73, dedicated the works to a city he described as “a community that welcomes immigrants with open arms.”
“We are proud that an artist like Rafael Consuegra, who is internationally renowned, has made these sculptures for our citizens not only in Hialeah but also in Miami-Dade,” said Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. “We chose him for his talent, his reputation and his vision as an artist.”
Consuegra, who was paid about $130,000 for the work, said the sculptures were made with fiberglass and stainless steel. The first of the set, Illusions, was inspired by “people’s hope to progress and keep moving forward ... because through hard work, the reality of triumph is achieved.”
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The central image of Illusions is an embracing couple. One of the figures’ right arm is extended in representation of the Native American on the Hialeah’s official city seal. Three other winged figures surround the couple on a circular base at the foot of the auditorium’s main garden.
The second sculpture, Nestia, is considered a derivative of the word nest. The work, which was erected in the garden located in the parking lot of the complex, is made up of a circular nest “or a planet” which is accompanied by blue vertical figures “pointing to the sky.”
The third, Searching for Happiness, which integrates three winged figures, one on top of the other, was installed over a mural alongside the stairs to the auditorium’s second floor.
“As you go up the stairs the wings seem to get bigger,” Consuegra said. “But these figures have helping attitudes, with each other, just like the city of Hialeah, always helping immigrants.”
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