ABOVE: Existing downtown Mount Dora mural (Photo by Mount Dora Buzz)
In February, the City of Mount Dora put the call out and artists answered. Treating blank eyesores as expansive canvases in a community of creative artists, the City sought artists to paint murals on four large outdoor trash compactor enclosures that dot its downtown parking lots and alleys.
One hundred nineteen eager individual artists and creative teams sent in submissions which were then sent to the members of Mount Dora’s Public Arts Commission to narrow their choices. The Commission is to announce the winning artists at its next meeting.
The compactors were recently installed to improve and increase the capacity 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 $1,400 commission after the mural is complete. No design theme was required, so the artists’ submissions are being evaluated based on their artistic merit, creativity, professionalism and expectation of project completion. Artists residing inside and outside Mount Dora were encouraged to apply, especially those with previous mural experience or public art installation, but those qualifications were not requirements. Artists were required to submit work samples, a resume, references, and design proposals. 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.
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