Dogs & Cats Walkway & Sculpture Garden Now Open At Museum Park

The Dogs and Cats Walkway and Sculpture Garden is now open at Museum Park (also known as Ferre Park).

The gardens officially opened on February 11.

It features 52 oversized aluminum sculptures – 26 are cats, and 26 are dogs.

The one-acre garden features native plants, palm trees, hibiscus, and perennial flowers.

 

 

(photos: Phillip Pessar)

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Anonymous
7 months ago

We LOVE this contribution. Excellent work Commissioner and Mayor! We pray for added fun public art like this in District 3. There are expanding pedestrian areas that would be well attended with projects like this. Thank you for working so hard for community enhancements like this.

Anon
7 months ago

**Paid for by Joe Carollo**

BD3
7 months ago

Art > negativity. Art District in Brickell District 3.

Anon
7 months ago

Just tell joe you want 20’x20′ LED billboards along the River and he’ll install some art to maximize ad dollars like he did up here!

Anonymous
7 months ago

At least it’s actual art, and not some paint cans thrown on the facade of a parking garage.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Are you serious?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Hate the guy behind this, but I have to say we LOVE this garden. It’s so unique and is already bringing a lot more people to Museum Park.

Anon
7 months ago

Unfortunately in a year it will probably look very different than it does today, as the city doesn’t have the funds to maintain it Year after year. In fact, the city doesn’t even have the funds to maintain the existing park features, so I’m a bit confused as to why we are adding new ones.

Anoymous
7 months ago

This is probably maintained by the park and there’s money for it. It will look as great as it does now.

Anon
7 months ago

We don’t have to guess, just read about it. The entire park budget went toward this one project. It was passed without any deliberation from the other commissioners, one even resigned they were so angry at how this project was shoved through. There isn’t any money left for anything else.

Riversider
7 months ago

I thought 13 million was spent on resdesigning Jose Martí Park?

Anon
7 months ago

We’re talking about Bayfront Park and the Bayfront Park Trust, which Joe Carollo is the head of.

Anon
7 months ago

If anyone knows more, I’d love to hear it. But so far it’s been made clear from the other commissioners that this was made using the entirety of the parks budget for the year, it was approved with zero debate, and the city can’t even afford to maintain existing features.

Anon
7 months ago

I don’t think the City or DDA fund the parks in Brickell, do they? Southside Park (central park in Brickell) or the Miami Circle Park (the national landmark in Brickell). Brickell pays downtowns development tax though.

Miami History
7 months ago

Have you seen the Miami Circle? The grass and plants died and it got buried under ground. If that’s what happens to an ancient artifact I’d hate to see what injustice will be served on these new sculptures 😭

Anonymous
7 months ago

They got buried underground because the site was probably landfilled, and the “stone circle” is a former drainage pipe to an apartment building that existed onsite decades ago.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Mr. Carollo was the mayor of Miami. Maybe he approved billboards to Downtown’s Museum Park so it can become a world attraction, like Time Square. It’s already pretty buzzy with the arena and everything else going on there.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The Arts & Entertainment District was supposed to be a mini Times Square, if I recall some proposal about fifteen years ago.

Anon
7 months ago

Oh I know all about Joe Carollos history, thanks. There’s plenty of material.

Anonymous
7 months ago

It’s kitsch.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Look at all those pride colored cats and dogs! Jokes on you Carollo!

Anoymous
7 months ago

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Anonymous
7 months ago

Looks more Britto to me.

RDelgado
7 months ago

I thought the same exact thing when I saw it.

JoeMustHo
7 months ago

Gotta love that Joe considers this “world class art. $896,000 for this piece of sh*t! and Carollo did it with no competitive bids. I wonder how much him and his wife are pocketing off of this?

Anonymous
7 months ago

What do you consider world class art, a banana taped to a wall?

Anonymous
7 months ago

love it…a big draw for tourists and kids love it as well

Anonymous
7 months ago

At first I opposed this just because anything associated with Joe Carollo requires opposition, but I have to say after checking it out, I really like it. The location is perfect. Very photogenic!!!

Anonymous
7 months ago

We love it too. Our main concern is that the highly respected Commissioner decided to do this in an entirely different district than the one he serves. He hasn’t done anything like this in his Brickell district yet. I hope he sees the positive support and replicates something like this is Brickell’s District 3.

Anoymous
7 months ago

You got no parks in Brickell

Anonymous
7 months ago

Please look into what this “highly respected commissioner” did to local businesses who spoke out against him.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Didn’t he carve out a part of Brickell and Coconut Grove when redistricting Miami? It’s getting better every day! I heard a new art gallery is opening up, major neighborhood grocer, with a new luxury high rise and river district development 🤷‍♀️ I believe his term will be up soon sadly. Maybe if he improves his Brickell District 3 with world-class public art and development projects it could change minds.

MsCommish
7 months ago

Listen folks, we must work with him to improve Brickell. He is the Commissioner for half of Brickell, whether you like it or not. His term will be up soon, so you can run for office then.

Anon
7 months ago

So where will the large 20’x20’ foot LED billboards be going?

Anon
7 months ago

I love people who downvote without a counter argument. It basically just means “ you’re right, but I don’t like that you’re right”

Anonymous
7 months ago

It’s because if they posted any further on the topic they would just continue to look dumber and dumber, so they resort to simply downvoting instead to inflate their self-esteem.

Anon
7 months ago

Still no answer lol. Because everyone knows by next year this park will have graffiti, no working lighting, no flowers, weeds, and giant LED Billboards.

Anon
7 months ago

The only half decent thing Loco Joe has ever done. Vote him out!!!

Anon
6 months ago

Decent? He drained the park budget for his wife’s passion project. This isn’t art. It’s a monument to public corruption.

Anon
7 months ago

This, like the rest of the park, will not be maintained. None of the in ground lighting works, portions facing the ocean are literally crumbling into the sea, fountain hasn’t worked in a decade, no connected bay walk, etc etc

Anonymous
7 months ago

Bayfront Park is a different park. Hopefully that will be revitilized next.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Ferré Park is next to “Park West.” Get it? One park is nice. The others are not. Our tax money goes to “Park West,” so it can trickle down to everyone else?

Anoymous
7 months ago

This came out waaaaay better than I anticipated it. I love it! Now let’s please build a kids playground next to it.

Vote Carrollo out
7 months ago

hideous and 1 million of taxpayer money to create it

Anoymous
7 months ago

It brings tourist to the area. It looks nice. It’s good for children and adults. I say it’s a win! Could it cost less? Probably but that’s how things of this scale cost. What is your proposal?

Anon
7 months ago

Repairing the existing features before building new ones?

Anon
7 months ago

Tell me you know absolutely nothing about this project without saying you know absolutely nothing about this project.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The proposal is:

– Raise Miami Circle back up with a Natural History museum on site.

– Add splash fountains, outdoor cafe, and large scale modern art to Southside Park.

– Add large colorful sculpture at the new roundabout on SW3rd

– Line SW 2nd with well lit date palm trees, to connect River District to grand 1SouthsidePark

– Repave crosswalks along family friendly SW2nd with cobblestone, speed bumps and landscaped roundabouts

– Add a rainbow crosswalk on SW2 or something colorful 🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸

Anonymous
7 months ago

You had me at the last one. I’ve seen cities paint pride intersections a year ago and are scuffed and chipped already.

Anonymous
7 months ago

This is just an initial proposal. We can touch it up even if I have to buy the paint myself and come out on a Saturday. Id settle for a fire hydrant or electric box. Just start with any one of those items please! This community is very hard working, friendly and welcoming.

Anoooooon
7 months ago

Crazy Joe has really outdone himself with this debacle.

Anoymous
7 months ago

When are they going to illuminate that huge head in the park?? I love it but it feels like that area hasn’t been activated yet

Anon
7 months ago

The lighting doesn’t work – hasn’t in years. No money to fix it – they spent the entire budget on this one project.

Tom
7 months ago

Without great parks. Miami has nothing ….. just ask London ,or Paris,…. Or any of the first class cities.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I’m sorry but this is super tacky… if Miami wants to bring tourist to the parks what they really should to is build a grand monumental arch at bayfront park on the waters edge and lining up with Flagler. Miami claims to be the gateway to the americas so why not create a monument immortalizing that. It could also have a colonnade with columns representing the countries of north, south, Central America and the Caribbean. Would be a lot nicer than the torch of friendship monument which due to the city’s incompetency and underfunding isn’t even lit.

Anonymous
7 months ago

It’s not to my own liking, but somehow I can see family tourists lining up to see this and take pics—they’ll see it as yet another reason to visit Miami.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Unfortunately Miami and tacky art is par for the course. See: Brito and the rehashed pop art at every Basel

giorgio righi riva
7 months ago

pure shit, is ok only for childrens

Permitting.
7 months ago

That’s cute. Can we get the elevated glass walkways we were promised?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Glass walkways in downtown? We are still waiting for the electric wires to drop in Brickell. Welcome to Miami.

Permitting
7 months ago

Suppose this is before your time, pumpkin. Check out the original master plan for Museum Park from 2006: http://archive.miamigov.com/planning/docs/plans/MP/Conceptuals.pdf

ParkingHater
7 months ago

Public art is good, actually

Don’t like carollo but a wins a win

Anoymous
7 months ago

Why call it Museum Park if the name has changed?!? I like Museum Park better but call it like it is “Ferrè Park”!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Because NOBODY calls it Ferre Park. Get used to it.

Anoymous
7 months ago

At some point you have to adapt to change. Resisting change is a sign of a weak personality.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Tell that to the community activists “from” Little Haiti who live in Miramar who were up in arms over renaming the neighborhood back to Lemon City and Little River.

MMN
7 months ago

Never will call it by that name. Museum Park always and forever.

Anoymous
7 months ago

Read point above

Anonymous
7 months ago

It was bicentennial park before Museum park… it is called Maurice Ferre Park because Ferre was the father of Modern Miami and many refer to it as such. If you search for directions to museum park, it will correct you to Ferre Park.

Anonymous
7 months ago

By father of “modern” Miami, you mean the mayor who presided over the beginning of its dark age? Considering it’s a few blocks away from 50 Biscayne Tower, which he developed, I suppose it’s more appropriate than examples from other cities, like NYC’s municipal government building and main library being named after the city’s worst mayors, until the last two at least…

anonymous
7 months ago

https://vimeo.com/801389611 see what Manny Medina says about Maurice Ferré…but Im sure you have something against progressive people who give back and create better communities too.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Best Miami Mayor ever. He helped big time to put Miami on the global map!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nobody wants their neighborhood name changed for the benefit of an outside investor or someone else next door. Look at the buildings or Google Maps to know the name.

There are ethical ways to rebrand that require community support and compensation for sign and marketing changes, if it’s even going to be done. Listen to the community Miami.

Not Joe C
7 months ago

Starting up a tour company right now that will bring tourists here by the droves. Ill be rich.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Move the Cryptobull here.

Downtowner
7 months ago

I actually went there last week with a friend who was in town. It’s cute. There were other people, as well. It’s art that’s approachable to people. I do think there are too many sculptures, though. For more interesting works, head toward the water to see some of Jiménez Deredia’s works.

Anoymous
7 months ago

This is art for the mass. Deredia’s art is for a more refined palate. I’m happy there’s something for everyone!

Downtown Dude
7 months ago

Downtown Miami is a place for everyone not elite snobs. This is art that everyone can enjoy.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I Googled him. Yeah, art for a “more refined palate…” You wonder why people would rather appreciate a replica Renaissance statue made in China over a junk sold for millions at Christie’s and won’t even be remembered ten years down the road.

Joe CARollo
7 months ago

check out these bitches!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Should have had more dogs than cats, they’re better more popular pets.

Anon
7 months ago

Until their owners let them shit on the sidewalk and don’t pick it up.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Live next to somebody’s mutt barking and scratching 24/7 and say that again.

Florida Panther
7 months ago

Everyone should have cats. They eat the rodents and keep the streets clean

Downtowner
7 months ago

Cats rule! 😛