Artists sought for public art project in downtown Wilmington

WILMINGTON — Wilmington Works, a community organization with the mission “to build, improve and support a vital downtown that benefits the entire Wilmington, Vermont community,” seeks to commission an artist, or artist team, to design and install an original, permanent, site-specific work of public art to be located on a retaining wall located at 27 East Main St.

According to a news release, Wilmington Works hopes that this project “will make our village more beautiful, create a destination and stopping point in Wilmington, pull the community together and reflect our historical sense of place, give value to our community, and integrate the Beaver Street neighborhood into the flow of community activities.”

The wall runs along Beaver Street, from East Main Street to School Street. A triangulated section of the wall is visible from the busy thoroughfare of VT Routes 9 and 100, and East Main Street, with a second section facing School Street highly visible from both travel directions along Beaver Street.

The entire site is approximately 137 feet in length, with a height varying from 3.5 to 9 feet.

Application is open to artists residing in the state of Vermont (or within 40 miles of Wilmington, for non-Vermont artists) and working in any medium, including but not limited to: painting, mosaic, sculptural metalwork, or mixed media.

Wilmington Works has received support from the Vermont Arts Council and the Rotary Club of the Deerfield Valley for this project. Deadline for initial submissions is Sept. 30.

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