The Public Art Program
The City of Baytown Tourism Division is spearheading the newly created Baytown Public Art Program. Overseeing the program is the Public Art Visioning Committee comprised of members from the Art League of Baytown, Lee College Art Department, Sterling Municipal Library, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Baytown Tourism Division. These community influencers hold Baytown’s best interests at heart as they brainstorm and generate ideas for the public art program. Finding inspiration in Peter Kageyama book Love Where You Live, the committee’s vision for this program is to create emotional connections between residents of Baytown with their community, building on the mantra “love where you live,” in hopes this love will be contagious to everyone who visits Baytown.
The first phase of the program includes three mural projects at different locations along Texas Avenue. The Sterling Municipal Library’s mural Solitary Journey was the first completed mural by Armando Castelan. The second completed mural is at the Art League of Baytown. The artist, Suzanne Sellers, used a trompe l’oeilpainting style, which means “trick the eye”. The third project is the Umbrella Alley. Collaboration between several City departments and community partners made a beautiful place out of what was once an eyesore. The Umbrella Alley is occupied with colorful umbrellas and a mural painted by the Lee College Art Department.
One of the goals for the public art program was that it would serve as inspiration for other community members to have art at their business. And it has done just that! Already a privately funded mural called Cruisin W. Texas Avenue has surfaced at Bay Area Auto Gallery on Texas Avenue. The City of Baytown exists to enrich lives and build communities, and that is what is happening with this Public Art Program. These three art installations are just the beginning for the program. You can look forward to mini-murals on the traffic cabinets at intersections, interactive art, and more in the coming months!
Submit Your Public Art Ideas!
Do you have an idea that you would like the Public Art Committee to consider for future art installations, or an interesting piece of artwork or photo that would look great as a mini mural traffic cabinet? We want to know about it! Submit your ideas for future Baytown art projects and mini mural art in the form below. Click Here to see the mini mural specifications and the type of art that is selected for cabinets.
Mini Mural Traffic Cabinets - What Are We Looking For?
The Baytown Tourism Division invites area artists to create an original art piece that will be displayed on traffic control cabinets around the city. Selected artists’ designs will be digitized and printed on a vinyl wrap, and then applied to the cabinet as a “Mini Mural.”
The Mini Mural Traffic Cabinet Art program is designed to enhance the city by adding works of art to the streetscape on surfaces that are often targeted by graffiti vandals. Artwork on traffic signal cabinets function as a form of communication to a moving audience with the goal of creating a safe, inclusive, and interesting urban environment.
Project Details and Goals:
Successful proposals will foster community pride and convey the mantra “Love Where You Live.” Artists should understand that the finished works will be on functioning equipment that will need repair or replacing at some point in the future. We anticipate the average life of the Traffic Cabinet Art to be 1-3 years. The Baytown Tourism Division reserves the right to replace the artwork at any time and for any reason.
Much like the other Public Art Projects completed by the Baytown Tourism Division, the goal of the project is to continue intentionally growing public art displays in Baytown while also beautifying the city scape for visitors and residents alike.
The project should meet the following objectives:
Include all visible sides of the traffic signal cabinet.
Be thoughtful about not having large open areas on their artwork giving vandals a space to deface the work.
Artwork can be photographs, drawings, paintings, etc.
Digital submissions only: Artwork that has a full size resolution of at least 300 dpi (in CMYK format) for production purposes.
Each side of the panels for the traffic box artwork should have at least 1" of bleed on all sides.
The files can be submitted in a PDF, Photoshop, Illustrator, JPG or TIFF format.
All graphics MUST BE ORIGINAL works. No copyrighted imagery or logos of any kind will be accepted.