City issues call for artists to create downtown mural

The city is seeking artists to submit designs for a mural to be located on the northeast alcove of the Plaza Parkade at Fifth Avenue and Queensway Street. City of Prince George photo
The city is seeking artists to submit designs for a mural to be located on the northeast alcove of the Plaza Parkade at Fifth Avenue and Queensway Street. City of Prince George photo

The city is seeking artists to submit designs for a mural to be located on the northeast alcove of the Plaza Parkade at Fifth Avenue and Queensway Street.

Artists may utilize one or both sides of the alcove walls and may also wrap a portion of their mural around the outside corners of the alcove. The available space is approximately 5 meters by 13 meters per side of the alcove. The artwork can be one continuous mural (e.g. four meters x seven meters) or a series of smaller cutouts placed around the provided space.

“The goal of the commissioned artwork is to beautify the community while conveying the positive spirit of Prince George and northern B.C.,” said Doug Hofstede, Community Coordinator with the City of Prince George, in a news release. “The artwork will most often be seen by passing motorists.”   

The mural is being sponsored by the BC Northern Real Estate Board and is meant as a gift to Prince George to mark their organization’s 50th anniversary. The board is a non-profit association of more than 360 members that serves the real estate needs of Northern BC.

“The members of the BC Northern Real Estate Board are excited to be working with the City of Prince George on this project,” said board vice president Leah Mayer. “We feel privileged for the opportunity to assist a local artist in bringing to life a work that we hope will delight the community.”

Submissions will be adjudicated by a team consisting of members of the real estate board, the city’s public art advisory group, and city staff. The adjudication team may choose a single artist or artist team. A maximum of $8,000 will be awarded to successful proponent or proponents, from which the artist’s fee and projects costs will be drawn to implement the selected design. Submissions will be selected based upon previous art work and projects, design proposals, and materials and maintenance.

The deadline for submissions is August 30 and the successful artist or artists will be announced in September. The City anticipates that the art will be installed and unveiled at its new location in December. Further information about the call to artists for the parkade plaza mural can be found on the City website.