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Hundreds of colorful umbrellas will float high above Intendencia Street in downtown Pensacola beginning Nov. 3

On Monday, hundreds of brightly-colored umbrellas were lifted up over Intendencia Street in downtown Pensacola, casting an array of shadows over the street below.

The Umbrella Sky Project, a “floating canvas” of hundreds of colorful umbrellas, will hover over the historic street between Palafox and Jefferson streets in downtown Pensacola and will be one of the public art installations at the 2017 Foo Foo Festival, which runs Nov. 2-13.

Volunteers post after the installation of the Umbrella Sky public art exhibit on Intendencia Street in downtown Pensacola. (Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

The Umbrella Sky Project originated at the 2012 Ágitagueda Art Festival in Portugal and has since been installed by the creative agency Sextafeira Produções in France, the United Kingdom, and Bahrain.

The downtown exhibition is expected to last three months and was made possible by a Foo Foo Fest grant from Arts, Culture and Entertainment, Inc.

The Sextafeira design team and volunteers arrived over the weekend to begin constructing the structure and creating a lively canopy of umbrellas above the street to make it appear as if they are floating in mid-air.

“Umbrella Sky Project has been seen all over the world in cities like Paris and Lisbon,” said Lissa Dees of the Downtown Improvement Board. “This will be an unforgettable experience for anyone who visits downtown Pensacola.”

Umbrellas hang over the Saenger Theater as part of the Umbrella Sky public art exhibit on Intendencia Street in downtown Pensacola. (Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

The vibrant exhibition is expected to bring thousands of people to the downtown Pensacola area. The Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board will launch a special Umbrella Sky Snapchat filter for those who want to post their #UmbrellaSkyPensacola selfie.

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