Tuesday, September 18, 2018

DMC Calls for Artists to Enhance Downtown Alleys

Posted By on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 12:20 PM

click to enlarge Site of future installations - DMC
  • DMC
  • Site of future installations


The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) is looking for artists to install “interesting and high-quality” art projects in a series of alleys Downtown.


The project, dubbed The Artery: Stereo to Escape, is named for the alleys the DMC is focusing on. The installations will begin in Stereo Alley, continue down Maggie H. Isabel Street to Rendezvous Alley, and end at Escape Alley.


The DMC wants to establish the alleys as a destination with “visually interesting and memorable artwork,” while also improving the pedestrian experience.


The idea is to curate a diverse collection of public art, according to the DMC. Eligible types of projects include sculptures, artistic lighting, murals, video projections, and interactive and kinetic pieces. All projects have to be suitable for outdoor display for at least three years.


click to enlarge Overview of project site - DMC
  • DMC
  • Overview of project site

Interested artists can apply online by Monday, October 8th. The three-part application asks for information about the artists, relevant work experience, and the proposed project, including a description, sketch, and proposed budget.


The DMC plans to select projects of varying medium, scale, and cost, commissioning at least four murals costing anywhere from $500 to $10,000 each and one sculpture costing between $20,000 and $30,000. Selected artists will be notified by early December, and the installations will begin soon after, wrapping up before mid-April.


Ahead of the projects going up, the DMC plans to repave the alleys with stamped asphalt and install string lights.


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