Up to $100,000 is offered to an artist for a new public art installation in downtown Silver Spring.
The artist would create a permanent installation at the new Gene Lynch Urban Park near the Silver Spring Metro Station, per a release from Montgomery Parks. The park will open this spring and sits on a quarter-acre at the intersection of Colesville Road and Wayne Avenue.
According to Montgomery Parks, a 10-by-13-foot blank concrete wall is the intended location for the art. It is at the center of a concrete and steel pergola structure, to serve as a focal point.
A panel will evaluate and narrow down artist entries to finalists and a public online voting process will decide the final winner.
The project budget is $100,000 for design and implementation, to include artist fees, labor, materials, equipment and other costs.
“The artwork should create a memorable and strong sense of place and express the community’s culture and identity,” reads the release from Montgomery Parks. “It may draw from current historical movements or events and can take the form of murals, mosaics, tile, low-relief or mixed media suitable for permanent installation on exterior walls. It must also be easy to repair and maintain.”
Artists can find out how to apply online on the Montgomery Parks webpage, “Public Art Project at Gene Lynch Urban Park.”
The deadline to apply is three weeks away on March 10.