ABOVE: Downtown Mount Dora mural painted by Britt Baker located in the Dora Drawdy Alley. (Mount Dora Buzz photo)
Presently, they stand as blank canvases in a community of creative artists. Now the City of Mount Dora is seeking artists to paint murals on up to four large outdoor trash compactor enclosures that dot its downtown parking lots and alleys. The compactors were recently installed to improve and increase the volume of trash collection from local businesses. The City expects the murals will transform the bland functional enclosures into lively pieces of art that beautify the downtown streetscape.
Each selected artist or team of artists will receive a $1400 commission after the mural has been completed. There is no design theme, so artists will be evaluated based on their artistic merit, creativity, professionalism and expectation of project completion.
Artists residing inside and outside Mount Dora and encouraged to apply. The City prefers individuals with previous mural experience or public art installation, but those qualifications are not requirements. The selected artists will be responsible for their own supplies and must be available to paint during normal business hours.
The four mural locations are the enclosures located at4th Avenue and Alexander Street, 5th Avenue and Baker Street, 3rd Avenue and Donnelly Street, as well as the one at4th Avenue and Dora Drawdy Way
Artists are required to submit work samples, a resume, references, and design proposals. Guidelines and details about the contest can be found online here. The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020.
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