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Design and Paint an I-Beam in the Art Alley

Published December 8, 2015

Design and Paint an I-Beam in the Art Alley
Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 4.17.18 PM  The Plant and the City of Tallahassee are requesting submissions for designs to be painted on eight I-beams in the Gaines Street Art Alley. The finished designs will be featured in the City’s evolving project to beautify and green this urban space/easement, which will feature a boardwalk, rain garden, and community artwork upon completion in December 2015. Participating artists will be recognized by the City during an opening ceremony anticipated in early 2016.
The I-beams are located behind The Plant at 517 West Gaines Street. Adjacent properties include St. Michael’s Pub on Gaines St., and the Crepe Vine on Railroad Ave.
Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 4.17.09 PMYou may submit more than one design, but only one I-beam per person will be accepted. Each Ibeam is roughly 12 feet tall, depending how deeply it is embedded in cement. The width and depth are either 8” x 10” or 6” x 8.5”. Slight bending is apparent – they were salvaged from a warehouse demolition but are structurally sound for re-purposing.
The main function of the I-beams will be to support lighting and temporary artworks. We plan to hang framed two-dimensional paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints on the I-beams during organized events in the Art Alleys. In the future we hope to include three-dimensional temporary sculpture/installations as well.
We suggest that your design be as simple as possible but visually interesting of course. Our objective is to create a visually compatible yet unique experience, with a synergy between the Ibeams and the artworks.
To submit your design, please use the template and follow the directions on sheet:I-beam%20final%202