City Seeking Artists for New Downtown Mural Contest
Exciting New Project Will Further Enhance Downtown Durand
Posted by Corunna Now at 9:51pm 10/21/18
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This fall, the City of Durand is rehabbing the city-owned building on Hagle Street. The building is probably most recognizable today as part of the backdrop for the free summer concert series, Wednesday Night Live. New roof, siding, garage doors and, with the help of some talented individuals, a new facade, will dramatically improve the face and functionality of the building.
Through a partnership with the I-69 Thumb Region and GLS Region V, city officials are seeking artists for a collaborative mural project. The final installation will feature art work from three to five different artists, each with their own unique take on the design theme, "community pride."
The official contest information seeks design concepts that emphasize civic engagement and a sense of place by answering questions such as "What or who makes our community great?" and "How can we build towards even greater things in the future?"
This might include imagery highlighting tangible features of the community, declarative text statements, or other general concepts that denote a feeling of community pride. Bold or abstract design choices are also welcome.
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Each artist will be required to paint two 4-foot-wide by 9-foot-high wood panel boards for a total surface area of 8-foot- wide by 9-foot-high. These boards can be painted post install at the final site or pre-install at the artists’ own location. Boards painted pre-install can be picked up at the install site any time after award notification and returned to that location upon completion. Delivery and pick-up assistance through the City of Durand is available. The city is also able to accommodate indoor, on-site painting in a limited capacity at the install location.
The artist of each 8-foot by 9-foot installation will be awarded $1,000 in total. This total amount includes $200 upon award acceptance and $800 upon final completion. This award is expected to cover the cost of paint, weather sealing, the artists time, and any contingency costs associated with performing the work. Wood panels and installation will be provided by the City of Durand.
Interested artists must submit an official submission form along with a proof of intended design.
Submissions and proofs are due no later than October 25, 2018.