Artists needed to repaint Marquette murals

What's happening: The Marquette Public Art Commission invites local
artists to reimagine "WORDS TO LIVE AND BIKE BY" with new designs on the Holly Greer Bike Path. The original five murals need to be refreshed after extensive pathway use the past four seasons. The repainting will occur during City of
Marquette Art Week (June 24-29).

What they're saying: “It's exciting to reach this phase of the project, to repaint the words with new designs” says Tiina Morin, Marquette's Arts & Culture manager. “The project is designed for the murals to have a lifespan of 3-4 years. By repainting them, we are able to provide local artists with more opportunities to contribute to our city’s public art collection.”

What is the project: The Words to Live and Bike By project links language, exploration, and artistic expression to invite Marquette and its visitors to connect as a community. The first phase of the project produced murals that have been enjoyed by the community since 2020. A second phase, completed last summer, added six more words to the collection. 

The original designs will be archived; a new set of local artists are being sought to reimagine the following words (locations listed):

REMEMBER: North Lakeshore along restored shoreline
GRATITUDE: South side of the Marquette Commons
DREAM: Lower Harbor/Kids Cove
RESPECT: North Lakeshore Blvd. between McCarty's Cove and Shiras Park
HOPE: Clark Lambros Beach Park

Applicants may submit multiple designs but will only be selected to create one mural. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 28th. Winners will be notified by May 10, 2024, with painting to occur on June 24-29, 2024 during City of Marquette Art Week.

The selected words will be stenciled on the bike path with white outline prior to painters’ arrival on-site. Completed murals will be 6 feet in height and vary in length depending on the length of the proposed word. Selected artists will receive $300 and all necessary supplies including paint, brushes, drop cloths, etc.

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