So who did the Village Council pick as the WINNER of the Village’s New Logo Contest? It was a critical and important decision to make as the logo would be the new official seal of the Village of El Portal.
With over 30 submissions within a month time from countywide participants, the Village Council narrow down the logos to just 3 finalists. Each finalist’s logo showcased El Portal’s history and uniqueness as an artful Village of Miami-Dade County. But only one could win the coveted title, which was announced at the #ElPortalArtFair.
And that title goes to Taekwondo instructor Sarah “KC” Holmes of North Miami. Holmes’ design incorporates all the elements of El Portal’s rich history from the Village’s sanctuary peacock to the beautiful oak tree.
Holmes couldn’t be anymore desiring of the title. She was meticulous about the details, researching the Village’s entire history, going so far to even include a trace of the Village’s tribal origin.
“The colors were inspired because the Tequesta Indians used a lot of white for their beads and pottery,” Holmes was quoted saying in a Miami Herald article (By Rodolfo Roman) about the contest. “I used those colors. I used colors blue and green for the neighboring cities. The peacock was added with an Art Deco-inspired fence. I had the gates opened to have a welcoming feeling. The peacock represents a bird sanctuary. The palm and oak tree represent that everything needs to be preserved.”