Artist Wants to Paint Port Miami's Cranes Pink, Controversy Ensues

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Courtesy of Peter Hammar and © 2012 Miami-Dade County. All rights reserved.
The cranes of Port Miami are hard to miss. They stand as a towering beacon to the city's cargo trade, greeting MacArthur Causeway drivers like steel monsters straight out of Star Wars.

They're pretty much metal eyesores, but local artist Peter Hammar wants to transform the lofty mechanical birds into an art project. He has proposed to paint the cranes pink and light 'em up so they look like Florida's favorite bird -- the flamingo.

Of course, as is too often the case, the issue is not without controversy.

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Hammar told Cultist he sent in a proposal to the port director in January. He said he didn't hear back, and when he was finally able to get in touch with someone more than six weeks later, they told him they'd already had the idea but weren't sure it would be implemented due to cost.

Hammar says his plan could make it happen while keeping costs minimal (including a modest artist fee and credit). Still, the port folks told him their logo designer had come up with the idea, and he didn't request any recompense. In other words, someone else suggested it first -- and for free.

Specifically, Hammar's proposal reads:

The idea is to paint the cranes pink in honor of flamingos, easily recognized and Florida associated birds living in the everglades. At night the cranes should be light up (sic) and maybe emphasized with nature friendly fluorescent light tubes covered within pink plexi-glas tubes to keep costs down.

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Courtesy of Peter Hammar and © 2012 Miami-Dade County
Either way, the idea of 200-foot flamingos lining the waterfront is intriguing indeed.

What do you think? Yea or nay on flamingo way?

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roco4
roco4

It is the dumbest idea ever but, Tmobile would like it.

Mechanesthesia
Mechanesthesia

I say LIGHT them up, don't paint them!  Like that if it gets too annoying, they can just turn them off.  Also, they should have different colors.

Mibalz Ezhari
Mibalz Ezhari

The cranes are dinosaurs at best. Valerie Kay Marlin

ikorky
ikorky

This would not only look really cool but would def give tourist and residents something to talk about and be proud of.. and would only add to the intrigue of the city...lets get it done...and def give the artist the the chance to do it and attain credit for it.

sugggirls
sugggirls

Why not all different colors instead of only pink? It could represent all the colorful birds of the Americas and not just flamingos.

Bilge Rat
Bilge Rat

highly doubt the unions and big shipping companies out there will allow this

Staci Handelman
Staci Handelman

Ever have head lice..call a pro..561-404-3768..dont bug out!!!

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Sure why not? its perfect for Miami. Who else has gay cranes? GO BABY GO!

Carlos Manuel Reyes
Carlos Manuel Reyes

Wow yea might as well this city is already a joke where Britton is on our football stadiums and we have one if the worst music festivals ever in ultra why not let's get really gay huh and waist more tax money yay

Alex Wall
Alex Wall

would any color other than pink work?

Christopher A. Haik
Christopher A. Haik

I dont like the day one, but that night shot is a definite go. The lights lool great

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

I'd prefer they make them look even more like AT-AT walkers from Star Wars.

Michael J. Aceti
Michael J. Aceti

Great idea. Very creative way to reflect the theme of the area and tie into the Flamingo reference.

Pedro Viera
Pedro Viera

Yamile Viera they want to make them flamingos! #DINOSAURSarentEXTINCT!

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Nice, tax dollars hard at work when not tied into the Russian mob and strip clubs..

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

I love it and more importantly tourists on cruise ships will love it.

everyoneisacritic
everyoneisacritic

He probably should have corrected all the grammar mistakes in his proposal before submitting it. Then maybe they would have taken him seriously....

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