ABOVE: Front of new mural by Simie Alex at Baker Street & 5th Avenue parking lot.
In February, the City of Mount Dora put the call out for creativity, and artists answered. Treating blank eyesores as expansive canvases in a community of creative souls, the City sought artists to paint murals on four large outdoor trash compactor enclosures that dot its downtown parking lots and alleys.
Now, one of the enclosures has been transformed with a beautiful mural of a blue-faced woman blowing the seeds off a dandelion. The other panel of the enclosure is a mural of the seeds drifting away. The colorful mural is located in the small parking lot on Baker Street and 5th Avenue.
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. Unfortunately, COVID-19 slowed down the selection process due to a delay in meetings.
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 were 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 installations. Applicants were required to submit work samples, a resume, references, and design proposals.
The other three mural locations are the compactor enclosures located at 4th Avenue and Alexander Street, 3rd Avenue and Donnelly Street, and 4th Avenue and Dora Drawdy Way.
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ABOVE: Back of new mural by Simie Alex at Baker Street & 5th Avenue parking lot.
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