More public art coming to Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Huntsville Arts Council has invited select artists to submit their qualifications for a new project.

The Avenue is a mixed-use development that will open at the corner of Jefferson Street and Holmes Avenue in 2016. The developer is partnering with the City of Huntsville and the Arts Council on a special project that will anchor The Avenue's plaza.

Allison Dillon-Jauken is executive director of the Huntsville Arts Council. Speaking at the site, she said, "our goal for the project is really to enliven the plaza and then also, because we're here on Jefferson Street as a gateway to downtown, to really provide that gateway for pedestrians as well as people passing by in cars."

Public art already exists in Huntsville. The SPACES Art Trail brings a changing lineup of installations to areas throughout the city, including the Downtown Square. However, Jauken says The Avenue project will represent, "the first piece of art created specifically for Huntsville and for the site we are standing on here."

Once the qualification process has ended in January, an eight-person committee will ask up to three artists for proposals. A winner will be selected in May. A grant will cover the cost of the installation.

The winning artist will be allowed to place his or her work anywhere within the plaza as long as it doesn't interfere with outdoor dining. Depending on the design, artwork could also be suspended above the plaza from the adjacent building.


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