Aurora artwork murals solutions due March 1st

Aurora Public Art has updated the dimensions of a project and issued a reminder for a variety of 2021 projects. The themes and locations include a “Mexican Folk Art” mural on a railway viaduct wall, “Local Architecture” on power supply boxes, and “Diversity in Technology” on a wall on the second floor.

Proposals for all three projects are due on Monday March 1st at 12:00 noon. Artists are encouraged to visit the Public Art website for links to the specifications and applications of each project at www.aurora-il.org/1952/Calls-for-Artists.

Aurora Public Art announced updated dimensions for an old mural at 105 E. Galena Blvd. The dimensions are 36 feet high x 52 feet wide. The theme of the project is “Diversity in Technology” to express Aurora’s cultural diversity and growing technology industry. The ideal proposal will include realistic portraits and abstract expressions of technology. The mural “Diversity in Technology” is largely funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and sponsorship from Aurora Downtown.

The Mexican Folk Art mural will be installed on the north wall of the railroad viaduct on New York Street. The design theme is depictions of “alebrijes”, colorful sculptures of mythical creatures. This project is funded by the City of Aurora and a grant from the Burlington Northern Foundation.

The Utility Box murals are a continuation of an ongoing project to beautify traffic closets at intersections across the city. To date, 12 utility boxes have been painted by local artists. The 2021 Utility Box murals are sponsored by Aurora Downtown and are located in six downtown locations. The theme of the 2021 Utility Box murals are colorful interpretations and geometric abstractions inspired by the historic architecture of Downtown Aurora.

“With just over a week to go by the deadline, we’re looking forward to many submissions for this wide range of opportunities,” said Jen Evans, public art director for the city of Aurora. “The 2021 public art season will be particularly exciting as so many projects are pending after our 2020 COVID break.”

Artists of all levels are encouraged to apply. Student, amateur and professional designs will be considered. Aurora residents are preferred.

For specific design requirements and additional information, see the RFPs, which can be found on the Aurora Public Art website: www.aurora-il.org/1952/Calls-for-Artists.

Artists can submit their suggestions for the Mexican Folk Art Mural and Utility Box Murals using an online application form. Offers for the larger mural “Diversity in Technology” should be sent to the purchasing department by email. Links to all project applications can be found in the RFPs on the city’s website.

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