Artists respond to call from Encinitas

December 10, 2018 by  

Encinitas recently invited artists to submit their proposals for art to be mounted on the new underpass at I-5 and Santa Fe Drive, and enjoyed a huge response, according to an article in the Coast News.

The city requested that artists create mosaics that will be installed in insets on the walls of the underpass. There are 53 spaces available, and Encinitas received 59 proposals by the time the period closed last month. The excess means the Encinitas arts commission will have to eliminate six contenders before making its recommendation to the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans). After CalTrans approves the project, the City Council will consider the measure, and is expected to approve it. Encinitas officials expect the mosaics will be fabricated beginning early next year, with installation finished by the summer of 2019.

Lois Yum, speaking for the city, said the project’s intention is to capture the thriving arts community in the city, adding that the project, which is ongoing, is meeting officials’ expectations. Projects like this are a great example of the way graphic design can become an integral part of a community.

In June, the Encinitas City Council approved almost $200,000 to fund the project. The funds included $37,100 ($700 for each mosaic) to be placed at Santa Fe Drive, and another $155,467 to fund professional mosaics that will decorate the four “ground anchor walls” at the off- and on-ramps to the freeway at Encinitas Boulevard.

Artists respond to call from Encinitas

Encinitas recently invited artists to submit their proposals for art to be mounted on the new underpass at I-5 and Santa Fe Drive, and enjoyed a huge response, according to an article in the Coast News.

The city requested that artists create mosaics that will be installed in insets on the walls of the underpass. There are 53 spaces available, and Encinitas received 59 proposals by the time the period closed last month. The excess means the Encinitas arts commission will have to eliminate six contenders before making its recommendation to the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans). After CalTrans approves the project, the City Council will consider the measure, and is expected to approve it. Encinitas officials expect the mosaics will be fabricated beginning early next year, with installation finished by the summer of 2019.

Lois Yum, speaking for the city, said the project’s intention is to capture the thriving arts community in the city, adding that the project, which is ongoing, is meeting officials’ expectations. Projects like this are a great example of the way graphic design can become an integral part of a community.

In June, the Encinitas City Council approved almost $200,000 to fund the project. The funds included $37,100 ($700 for each mosaic) to be placed at Santa Fe Drive, and another $155,467 to fund professional mosaics that will decorate the four “ground anchor walls” at the off- and on-ramps to the freeway at Encinitas Boulevard.

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