US National Landing BID launches design competition for mural

WCN Editorial Team 18 May 2021 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) in the US has launched a competition for the design and implementation of new mural.

The design challenge has been launched to re-envision a retention wall with a mural. The wall is located opposite the Crystal City Metro Station entrance in National Landing.

By 1 June 2021, interested visual artists or teams of artists are invited to submit their relevant experience and project portfolios for consideration.

Top applicants will have interviews with BID representatives for establishing a short list of the qualified artists, which will be announced on 11 June.

These finalists need to submit a proposed concept for the expansive mural, following which a winner will be selected in mid-July. The mural is slated for completion by this year.

National Landing BID president and executive director Tracy Sayegh Gabriel said: “In enlivening this important plaza with a new signature mural, we are building on our efforts to foster a more vibrant public realm and provide an impactful sense of arrival for people entering the downtown district via transit.

“As more residents, workers and visitors engage with our community in the coming months, our hope is that this mural, along with the BID’s other art initiatives and creative programming, reflect the exciting and welcoming environment that we are fostering in National Landing.”

The mural would be sponsored by the BID and created on the Metro plaza’s 115ft long west wall which is 20ft high.

Proposed designs, which need to embrace the location at the transit station entrance, should also serve as a connection point for the community.

Additionally, the Crystal City Metro Plaza is set to undergo a series of design improvements including new seating options and movable furniture. Other improvements relate to landscaping, accent lighting and an open layout.

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The mural would be sponsored by the BID and created on the Metro plaza’s wall. Credit: Paul Brennan from Pixabay.

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