The City of Worcester is accepting proposals from artists and designers for the creation of a series of public art features for the Main Street Reimagined Project. Main Street Reimagined will complement the $11 million reconstruction of Worcester’s Main Street as a Complete Street, scheduled for the 2018-19 timeframe.
The Main Street reconstruction project extends from the intersections of Lincoln Square (Highland Street/Belmont Street) in the north to Chandler Street/Madison Street in the south. The reconfigured Main Street will include widened sidewalks with red brick pattern edge banding, dedicated bike lanes, new brick-banded crosswalks, and black ornamental lighting fixtures and street furniture. One of the ways this project will create vibrancy is through the inclusion of three interconnected mini-plazas, or “nodes,” in front of cultural institutions: the Hanover Theatre, the Palladium, and Mechanics Hall. These nodes are a place-making effort that weave together public art, green space, and storytelling to create destinations and memorable experiences.
The project seeks to incorporate both functional and decorative art at locations throughout the mile-long corridor. The City seeks proposals for five different categories of installations: artistic screening, lighting installation, activity nodes, benches and bicycle racks. This Request for Proposals is open to all artists, artist teams, and design professionals with experience in public art and monumental features. Professionals residing in or with studio space in the City of Worcester and the New England region are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. More information can be found at at http://www.worcesterma.gov/main-street-reimagined.