Artists have been selected in the effort to complete two distinct art projects in Willoughby, pending fundraising efforts.
Updates were given during a recent city council meeting, where Mayor Robert Fiala reported that individuals were chosen by the Willoughby Arts Collaborative following calls-for-artists this year.
Parks and Recreation Director Judean Banker said that 12 artists have been selected for a project to place visual artwork on 12 electric utility boxes owned by the city. According to a News-Herald report, the city advertised the call-for-artists for the project in early spring.
“We’re asking Lake Health to fund it,” Fiala said during the August city council meeting. “We’re waiting just to get a funding source from them. They had volunteered to put banners up downtown, which we don’t need any more banners in downtown. So as the alternative, we’re asking them to fund (the electric box art).”
Banker previously stated that the artwork will be copied onto a vinyl wrapping before being placed on the electric utility boxes. Vinyl wraps last about four to seven years and are “less maintenance,” Banker said.
In addition to the utility boxes, the Willoughby Arts Collaborative chose an artist to design a piece of public art and plaza near the corner of Mentor Avenue and Erie Street in downtown. A Citizens Bank is currently under construction at that corner.
“Citizens Bank then reviewed it and they came back to us with some suggestions,” Fiala said. “We’ve since transferred those comments to the artist and we’re waiting for him to respond. And then we will initiate a fundraising effort to actually raise the money for that piece.”
Water, electrical and drainage is included at the project site and could be integrated into the design, according to artist application documents. Fiala previously said that the artwork could be a Willoughby-specific piece to greet people arriving downtown.
While artists have been chosen, the projects are…