In 1995, the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce (AMC) commissioned artist Michael Israel to create a sculpture of the City of Aventura to honor George Berlin, one of the original founders of the AMC and of the City. This sculpture was presented to George at a ceremony honoring him and resulting in a major scholarship fund at Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus, which remains in existence today. When George passed away in 2008, the Berlin family returned the sculpture to the AMC to display it publicly.
This magnificent piece of artwork is 6’ wide and 4’ high, and represents Aventura’s history that paralleled with the history of the AMC. With the press of a button, incredibly detailed orchestra players arise from behind the buildings, ready to play their music. When the AMC heard that the City of Aventura was moving forward with its plans for a beautiful new Arts & Cultural Center, they realized that the sculpture belonged there. The City Commission unanimously approved a motion by then-Vice Mayor Billy Joel to accept this sculpture as a gift from the AMC and to place it in the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center when it opened in the Spring of 2010.
A presentation ceremony to honor and remember George Berlin, a quiet-spoken, much beloved and respected gentleman, was held, unveiling the sculpture with a beautiful bronze plaque listing the individuals and companies who participated in the donation.
Next time you’re in the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, walk over to the east side of the lobby that faces the Intracoastal Waterway, and see this one-of-a-kind, exquisite sculpture that reflects the City of Aventura as it was in 1995.
For more information, call the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce at 305.932.5334; www.aventuramarketingcouncil.com
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