Artists wanted for mural project meant to bring uplifting messages for all who use Holly Greer Bike Path

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MARQUETTE, Mich., (WJMN) – The Marquette Public Art Commission (MPAC) is inviting artists, community members, and organizations to apply to design and paint text-inspired, site-specific artworks on the surface of the Holly Greer Bike Path in Marquette.

The “Words to Live and Bike By” project involves five words painted at five different locations along the bike path. The selected words will be stenciled on the bike path prior to painters’ arrival on-site. Completed murals will be 6ft. in height and between 11 ft. and 25 ft. in length, depending on word length.

“I’m looking forward to seeing people connect,” said Tiina Morin, Manager, City of Marquette Arts and Culture. “People creating some art. I’m really looking forward to seeing these beautiful large words on our bike path that are so frequently used. I mean everyone is at the bike path. It’s a connector of our community. It’s a destination and I think especially as the fall is coming, the days get a little bit more gloomy up here I think it’s going to be nice to see these beautiful designs painted in these very inspiring words to bring us into the winter.”

Those interested can apply by completing the application(s) linked below. Applications can also be
accessed via https://www.marquettemi.gov/departments/community-services/arts-and-culture/. Included on each application is a stencil/outline of each word, off of which applicants can make their proposed design and attach at the end of the form.

Proposed designs should reflect a unique and imaginative interpretation relating the given word to the location. Colored pencil or fine tip markers are recommended for design drafts, though digital designs will also be accepted.

Locations and words include:

  • Founder’s Landing; “REMEMBER”
  • Marquette Commons; “GRATITUDE”
  • Mattson Lower Harbor Park; “DREAM”
  • Between Picnic Rocks & McCarty’s Cove; “RESPECT”
  • Clark Lambros Park; “HOPE”

“What do they hope for? What do they remember? What do they respect and that’s where they’re creativity really comes in,” said Morin.

Applicants are limited to one design submission per word, though may submit for multiple words and locations if desired. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM on September 1, 2020. Winners will be notified on September 10, 2020, with painting to occur between September 14-25, 2020.

Once begun, the painting of each mural must be completed within a 12-hour timeframe to limit
disruption of bike path traffic. MPAC will provide core materials for the project, including paint,
brushes, containers, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, drop cloths, and tape. Painters will be responsible for practicing COVID safety procedures by wearing masks and exercising social distancing.

Please visit the City of Marquette website for complete information and specifications. For additional questions and information contact Tiina Morin, City of Marquette Arts & Culture Manager at tmorin@marquettemi.gov or (906) 225-8641.

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