Marty Walsh calls on local artists for Hyde Square public art project

A map showing the potential public art locations in Hyde Park
A map showing the potential public art locations in Hyde Park —City of Boston / Department of Public Works

If you’re an artist who wants to leave their mark on Boston’s urban landscape, now’s your chance.

Artists and residents are invited to submit proposals for a public art project in Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square, Mayor Marty Walsh announced in a statement Tuesday.

The Public Works Department, Boston Art Commission, Hyde Square Task Force, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, and local residents have released a Request for Proposals (RFP) asking professionals to present their vision for the space.

“As we continue to invest in public art across the city, we look forward to engaging the community in opportunities that embrace the diversity of people and cultures that make up each Boston neighborhood,” Walsh said.

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The mayor’s office said that all professional artists, artisans, landscape architects, or teams with experience in public art and project management are eligible to apply. Professionals from Jamaica Plain, Hyde, and Jackson Square neighborhoods are also encouraged to submit their ideas.

The Boston Art Commission said proposals that celebrate the multi-generational and diverse culture of Hyde Square will be the most successful. The deadline for proposals is September 14 at 5 p.m. and one artist will be chosen by early fall for the $100,000 project, according to the statement.

The public art plan is part of a larger project where Hyde Square will be reconstructed to increase sidewalk widths, enhance safety, add lighting, and overhaul landscaping. The selected artwork will be implemented with the planned restoration of the square in fall 2017, the commission said.

For more information, visit the Boston Art Commission website, or view the full RFP here.

 

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