Saturday, February 4, 2023

Mural artist wanted for Bijou Park project

The scale of the mural at Bijou Park. (Courtesy arts council)

WILMINGTON — The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is looking for artists to submit a design concept in the final phase of Bijou Park renovations. The area located on North Front Street has undergone a facelift and a mural on the side of the Drift Coffee building is slated to overlook the park.

Proposed as “The Last Piece of the Park,” the large-scale mural — roughly 1,200 square feet of a stucco wall — will be located in an area that once housed a downtown theater at 221 N. Front St. The council is asking for submissions to include imagery of heritage and history, as it serves as a backdrop in the central business district.

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Artists should have experience with community-based mural projects that help build “social ties, represent diversity, and develop a sense of communal ownership of public spaces,” according to application details.

The projected budget is $40,000, which includes all costs associated with the project — from travel and lodging, to insurance, materials and staging equipment, etc. Pay will include an initial $5,000 disbursement of funds, followed by another payout once the work is 50% complete, and the final portion will be remitted upon full completion.

The RFP deadline is Jan. 1, 2023, with the winning design announced Feb. 15, 2023; installation will begin in April, with project completion scheduled for May.

More information can be retrieved here.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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