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Agency seeks artist to create large-scale mural

Amphitheater Project submission deadline is Jan. 31


Large-scale outdoor art that has a strong visual impact is being sought for the Margaret Carpenter Park Amphitheater.

The Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council will commission an artist who submits a project that is alluring both during the day and at night. The idea is to create art that draws people in and makes them want to hang around. The design should reflect the many uses of the park, and take into account filming and photography of the events.

The design of the art should show innovation in material use, special consideration and contextual applications. Designs must include the back wall of the stage area, but art is not limited to that area. The artwork cannot block the stage or obstruct maintenance, nor can it hinder movement in any traffic areas. The art must be able to withstand the weather during all seasons.

The selected artist will receive $2,000 for the design, which will be further developed with the council. Production and installation will be budgeted and contracted separately.

All Colorado artists or artist teams ages 18 and up are eligible to submit their proposal. Preference will be given to those with previous large-scale mural project experience and who have a connection to the Thornton community.

Applications must include a resume, references, a rendering of the finished design, a 1-2 page written description of design and the motivation for the work, and 5-15 photos of previous work.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 31, and notification will be done by Feb. 28. The artist, the city and the council will agree on the project start date.

The Amphitheater Project was started after conversations with residents and visitors who said they’d like to see a artwork that embodies the playful, creative community spirit of Thornton.

Located at Margaret Carpenter Park, the amphitheater is open year-round and is home to events such as dance performances, summer concerts, community band concerts, community theater, family reunions and more. It is near the playground and is accessible using the entrance at 112th Avenue and Madison Street.

For more details and to submit an application, go to https://tinyurl.com/AmphitheaterProject.


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