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Local Artists Being Sought For New Development

When the new apartment/retail building known as INTERSECT opens in the fall of 2023, one of its features will be a brand new access ramp to and from the bike path along the railroad tracks.

And now, the management team is putting out a call to local artists to make that connection point as colorful and inviting as possible with “community engaging art.” They’re looking for one or two artists (or artist teams) to take on two projects. And the North Loop community will get to choose the winners.

One project is a “green living wall” which will involve metal shapes or cables for greenery to crawl up and grow around. One that presumably would still be visually appealing in cold months as well.

Rendering from Intersect website

The other will be a colorful mural on the wall facing the bike path. The call for artists says the “design proposals should be positive, original, colorful and appropriate for all viewing audiences with visual evocations of landscapes, past events, objects, structures or people that can create images to preserve the past and assist with slacken decay and the inevitable ravages of time. Design proposals should also reflect a representation of the area, of the river, and a desire to drive people up to the shops and restaurants by letting them know where they are on the bike path (e.g. North Loop).

Artists must submit their proposals by December 31st. Then the developer will let the community vote. Work will begin on the art installations in the spring of 2023.

By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer

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