More than 30 proposals for a striking new public art commission in the heart of Birmingham city centre have been submitted by the region’s creative community.
Colmore BID invited artists to submit proposals for a vibrant new artwork on Livery Street.
Artists were set the challenge of coming up with a design – based on the theme of ‘Green in the City’ to reflect the various work the BID does to help make Birmingham a cleaner, greener place – to cover the concrete wall at Livery Street by the junction with Great Charles Street Queensway.
Located by a key entry point to the car park at Snow Hill station, the wall – which is approximately 8ft high and 60 ft wide – currently displays a mural by local artist George Benson, which the BID likewise commissioned back in 2013.
But the time had come for a refresh, so proposals for a new design finished in a painted or non-invasive surface medium were invited from artists with a target figure of £7,500 offered to carry out the work, which will be paid for by local companies through Colmore BID’s business-led partnership.
This commission sparked interest and discussion amongst the region’s creative community with proposals submitted by the mid-September deadline.
An assessment panel featuring representatives from the arts sector, city council, local media and public transport will convene in October to review the submissions and select the winning proposal.
BID consultant Mike Mounfield was the lead contact the for project and is also co-ordinating the assessment panel.
Mike said: “We weren’t too prescriptive in the brief in terms of theme. It was very much open to interpretation and the 33 submissions reflect that. There’s lots of creativity on show, with one submission from an international artist.
“We’re looking for something that will have a fairly broad appeal as well as being aesthetically pleasing. It has to stand the test of time as the piece will remain in place for at least the next five years. It certainly won’t be an easy task choosing a successful artist.”
The assessment panel will draw up a shortlist of artists who would be invited to meet them to discuss their concepts in more detail. The winner to be announced thereafter would be expected to carry out and complete the work by the end of the year, weather permitting.