Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cartagena Plaza

This is a view from the Cocoplum Circle, a traffic circle at the edge of the Coral Gables Waterway in the city of Coral Gables. Very few people, myself included until now, know that its name is Cartagena Plaza. It is commonly referred to as the Cocoplum Circle because it is directly connected to the entrance of the community of Cocoplum. This circle connects LeJeune Road, Sunset Drive, Old Culter Road, Cocoplum Road and Ingraham Highway. Cartagena Plaza is named for the city of Cartagena, Colombia, Coral Gables' first sister city. A city is a girl? Did you know that?

Near the Cocoplum entrance to Coral Gables' wealthiest residential areas where houses average US 3 cool million dollars is a large sculpture in the form of a shoe, based on the poem entitled “My Old Shoes” by Colombian-born Luis Carlos López. You can traverse this circle a thousand times and you will not see any shoe. I know, I never saw it! You will need to hover on a helicopter to see this famous replica offered to Coral Gables in the mid 1980's. The original sculpture of the shoe is in Cartagena, Colombia.
Where's The Shoe?

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