Bellingham wants mural for downtown park

The city is looking for an artist to make Maritime Heritage Park pop with a “3-D” sidewalk mural.

The Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a memorable design that reflects the essence of the community and can be used to market the park, located at 500 W. Holly St. It is requesting 2-D or 3-D proposals to be installed at the park’s circular amphitheater, but is also open to other suggestions.

Artists are invited to submit proposals by 5 p.m. June 15 to the department.

The plan is to have a fast turnaround, with a performance installation of the mural some time between July and September this year, said Amanda Grove, recreation coordinator.

“We’re hoping folks could come watch this artist install the mural in the park,” Grove said. “I’m pretty excited about the potential to make that park more appealing for a broader group of our public.”

The city has set aside $15,000 to $18,000 for the project in capital improvement money designated for parks, Grove said.

Detailed information about how to submit a proposal can be found at cob.org/documents/parks/recreation/2015-mhp-mural-call-for-art.pdf.

The mural would be temporary, likely remaining for one to two years.

“We’re looking at this being a temporary installation,” Grove said. “We are in the early stages of working to revitalize this park, and I think there’s going to be some fluidity in the process.”

Questions? Ask for Amanda Grove at 360-778-7000.