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Finalists selected for MARTA overpass mural project


Finalists selected for MARTA overpass mural project

The city of Decatur says the mural will go on both sides of the overpass and on the pilings as depicted in this photo.

martapassThe city of Decatur has announced five finalists who are under consideration to paint a mural on the MARTA overpass at West Trinity and Atlanta Avenue.

According to a press release from the city, the finalists are:

– Kyle Brooks

– David Cogdill

– Milagros Collective

– Sanithna Phansavanh

– Deanna Sirlin

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According to a press release, “Thirty-eight artists/teams responded to the request for qualifications in February. The steering committee, consisting of representatives from the area immediately surrounding the location, including the Decatur Housing Authority, Task Force for Global Health, Decatur Police Department, City Schools of Decatur administration, Ebster Recreation Center, Swanton Hill Neighborhood Association, Decatur Arts Alliance, City of Decatur, MARTA, and the community engagement consultant with Lord Cultural Resources, narrowed the selection to five artists/teams to bring in to interview.”

The mural artist will be selected after the in-person interviews and there will be an opportunity for input from the community.

Last year, the city received a $15,000 grant to paint the mural.

In other arts news, the city is seeking sculpture artists for the Decatur Artway project, described as “an outdoor sculpture gallery.”

“Phase 1 began in 2015 with five sculptures placed in locations around downtown Decatur,” a press release from the city says. “Phase 2 calls for five more to be installed in the Oakhurst neighborhood this
year. A jury will select the works and each winning artist will receive a $2,000 stipend. Each piece will be exhibited for two years. The call for artists will begin on April 11. The deadline to apply is June 13. The jury will make selections in early July and the sculptures will be installed in mid-September. For application materials or more information, visit decaturartsalliance.org.”