Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Broad Avenue Water Tower To Become Art Canvas

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 5:32 AM

Broad Avenue water tower
  • Broad Avenue water tower

The old water tower on Broad Avenue that has become an iconic symbol for the burgeoning arts district will soon get a facelift.

The Broad Avenue Arts District won a $350,000 grant from ArtPlace America to pay an artist to paint the tower and to transform the warehouse loading dock under the tower into a live music amphitheater.

The UrbanArt Commission will launch a national search for an artist to design the tower. The winning design will be chosen using Crosstown Arts' MemFEAST concept through which patrons at a catered dinner hear proposals for art projects and vote on their favorites (Crosstown Arts held its latest annual MemFEAST event for a public art project on the V&E Greenline this past Saturday).

The grant money will fund the construction of seating and a public art installation for the warehouse loading dock. The dock has been used as a live music stage for the past several Broad Avenue Art Walk events. The warehouse, which is partially inhabited by Power Telephone & Supply, will continue to house that business.

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