Museum Park could soon be filled with a collection of cat and dog sculptures.
Commissioner Joe Carollo is pushing for 50 aluminum statues to be installed, after his wife came up with the idea.
According to Carollo, the statues are art. Busloads of tourists will flock to the park, which Miami will become known for worldwide, he claimed.
Carollo’s wife was inspired by a video of a park in Cali, Colombia with cat sculptures that has become a tourist attraction, according to the Herald.
Carollo is the chair of the Bayfront Park Management Trust.
One member of the trust’s advisory board already submitted her resignation over Carollo’s handling of the proposal.
Jorge Perez and Craig Robins are among those who say they are opposed to the plan.
The director of the Perez Art Museum told The Art Newspaper that they were “blindsided” by the proposal. The website called the planned installation “garish.”
The trust approved a contract for the sculptures at a meeting on March 9. Total cost for the project is $896,000.